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Thursday, March 09, 2006
If a woman should have the right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy (choice) because she does not want the child for whatever reason, shouldn't the father of that child be able to reject it also (choice)? - News - Father's Rights? Men Want Right To Turn Down Fatherhood
posted by Jack Mercer @ 3/09/2006 09:35:00 AM  
  • At 3/09/2006 02:23:00 PM, Blogger Smorgasbord said…

    Another interesting one!

    I think the man should always be consulted in deciding what to do about an unwanted pregnancy. I think the final decision, however, is ultimately the woman's because it's her body.

    So, how does this correlate to financial responsibility? I think if the man makes it clear he wants no part in rearing the child at a time in which the mother can choose, the man should be free from obligation.

    Of course, this would have to extend across the child's entire life. If a father walks away from a child in the womb, he would sign some sort of legal agreement saying that he waives both financial responsibility AND any rights he may EVER have as a father (custody, etc.).

  • At 3/09/2006 11:19:00 PM, Blogger English Professor said…

    What about the child's right to be supported?

  • At 3/10/2006 08:29:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Excellent point, EP!

    With the whole "choice" issue we run into a lot of problems if we want to remain consistent...


  • At 3/14/2006 10:03:00 AM, Blogger Smorgasbord said…

    In a case where the father waives all responsibility, the child's welfare would rest with the mother. If the mother cannot provide for the child, he or she goes into state custody - just like it is now...

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