Former New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson makes it no secret that he is a Christian. A husband and father of five children, the 38-year-old NFL star does not shy away from taking a strong stand against abortion either.
And he brought up an incredible point on Wednesday about a man’s role in preventing the killing of unborn babies.
Watson was doing a Fox News interview with host Martha MacCallum when she brought up New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s defense of his state’s laws allowing for abortion up to the point of birth.
MacCallum informed Watson that Cuomo is claiming that “this whole issue about late-term abortion is being misrepresented, that it is extremely rare, and it is only in the cases of health for the mother.”
“But the way that these laws are written, that also includes the mental health of the mother, which a lot of people feel opens up a very wide definition of reasons that a person could compel a doctor to do something very late-term or even at the moment of birth,” she added.
"We're living in a time, Martha, of abortion on demand," Watson replied. "We're living in a time of relativism. And while I would agree that, hopefully, these happen in very rare instances where someone would wait nine months before having an abortion, the fact still remains that whether it's at nine months or whether it's at eight days or 18 days, when the heart is developing, when the baby is breathing, it's still the same life."
“No matter what the reason is, science proves it, that this [unborn baby] is an individual entity, this is an individual person with their own DNA, with their own dreams, with their own blood type,” he continued.
He added: "It's important to not only be people that stand for abortion as if it's some sort of political stance — which it kind of turns into sometimes — but be someone that stands for whole life. Be someone that's willing to support not only this baby that's coming into the world but also to support the mother and the father that may be in crisis, whatever they may be going through."
“I think it turns into a divisive issue when we simply stand for the unborn but we’re willing to neglect the mothers that are going through these difficult choices,” Watson pointed out.
And then he said something that won’t go over well in today’s societal bent against gender roles and masculinity.
“Men are in the role of leadership in many areas, men are protectors, we are providers,” he said.
“Many women would not be seeking abortions if the men involved in their lives were doing what they’re supposed to be doing.”
“And that’s a challenge for myself, that’s a challenge to all men who are listening, that’s a challenge to men everywhere to step up and be men,” he said.
Watson added that men stepping up and “doing their job” would eradicate a lot of our societal problems. He said men need “to do what it takes to stand in the gap, to step up, and to lead.”
The former NFL player acknowledged that “manhood is really falling by the wayside” in today’s culture.
“That crazy thing is, abortion itself is really the ultimate form of sexism against women.”