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Thanks for writing this — and for so clearly enunciating the problem with Ivanka Trump’s attempts at leadership. I have found over the years that most men simply do not understand the link between pregnancy and the economic future of the woman — or the couple. I have also found that many men (including one man I know who has two children but whose wife is the breadwinner) do not understand the linkage of motherhood and freedom of economic opportunity, but see unwanted pregnancy as a result of “sluttishness” and shaming as the answer.

Unfortunately for society, shaming a pregnant woman, in or out of wedlock, and restricting her ability to control her own future, is the social norm. We must change this social norm or we will continue to fight this uphill battle.

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