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27Sep/150

Should We Have Gender Restricted Voting for Specific Issues?

I was thinking today about the possible pros and cons of "gender restricted voting" (my made up term, there is probably a better one).  The idea would be that some legal decisions which have restrictions or requirements that exclusively involve one gender could only be decided on by the votes of that gender; it's surely not any sort of new idea.  The obvious prompt for these thoughts is the abortion topic, which is never far from the news or popular debate.  Now, I think abortion has a rightness or a wrongness to it which should be objective, wholly independent of gender, so the idea of only allowing men or women to vote for/against it is not to give that gender the power to make it right or wrong, but to restrict who may vote on the topic in the hopes of reducing misleading bias and therefore being more likely to see legality mirror the unscientifically knowable (at least currently) but still perhaps existing objective right/wrong.  Would such a scheme accomplish that?  I'm not sure.  And which gender would you disenfranchise regarding any votes related to abortion?  The presumption may be that you would not let men vote on abortion topics because they are not the ones carrying the fetus, not the one most impacted by pregnancy.  And that certainly makes a sort of sense.  Men can't ever be pregnant and thus they cannot possibly vote with a full and personal knowledge of the topic...  but perhaps that would be why some would argue that men should be able to vote on the topic and women should not, arguing that women could be more vulnerable to bias, too willing to ignore objective right/wrong out of personal desire for a subjectively beneficial outcome.  Personally I have no idea which side should or shouldn't vote, or if the gender restricted voting scheme has any merit.  And it's largely a moot point since the matter is primarily decided, obviously, by Supreme Court decision and not individual votes; though there are ballot measures and state / county / etc. restrictions which exist separately to thwart access.   Still, seems like a thought deserving some more thought.  There are not that many legal issues which are gender specific, presently or historically, but there are a few (perhaps military service and front line combat would be others, though again that is decided more by the military than individual voters).

 

^ Q

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