(Original post by Rant)
In another thread, I suggested abortion as a solution to avoid screwing up the poster's life. This was met with large amounts of neg rep. Now, I understand abortion has been discussed a lot - this is not a thread about whether it's right or wrong, it's about the financial effect on men.
It got me thinking, though... I mean, abortion is largely seen as the woman's choice, right? Most girls I know who've had abortions just went ahead regardless of the guy. However, if they kept the baby they would probably have expected help from the guy.
Society - or rather, the government - seems to want men to "help out" mothers by partially funding the child. Does society - and the government - consider that if the woman chooses not to have an abortion, it's her problem, not the man's problem?
That would be my opinion. I mean, why should the guy chip in when the woman could have resolved the problem herself? Sure, I could understand a guy putting up some money for the abortion fees - paying half, say. And if he wants to keep the baby and is willing to pay child support, then fine.
But why should he be punished because the would-be-mother can't be bothered to go through with an abortion?
I mean, imagine... you're a guy, you sleep with some girl on a night out, you wake up in the morning horrified, realise you were drunk and she took advantage (yes, girls can do this) and then a few months later she tells you she's having a baby. Then, a few years later you're told you need to be paying for this kid, like it's your responsibility... seems completely unfair to me.
What does everyone else think?
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Logic decrees that if a woman decides to have a baby against the potential father's will, she should pay for it.