The father has no legal rights over whether the woman has an abortion, however, even if he wanted it to be aborted but the mum didn't, he still has a legal obligation to look after or at least give moeny towards the upbringing even if he isn't living with the mum and baby.
BUT some women may have circumstances, one of which that involve the father in some way which means that if they would really struggle to give the baby a decent life they would abort. Say the mum is the only worker in the house and the father is seriously ill/disabled with something he wouldn't recover from, it may mean that the father is a factor in the decision as due to his condition, he can't look after the baby and is someone the mum already has to care for, aswell as other factors.
Last edited by Clare~Bear; 01-03-2012 at 18:25.
I know, but I meant if that was a contributing factor, it could mean that because of the fathers condition it could be a deciding factor as they could possibly cope without him being like that. Say if the pregnancy
could harm the mother, if she ends up ill and the father is aswell then there's noone left to look after 2 seriously ill poeple and a young baby and the parents don't want to have to adopt the baby off to strangers.
(Original post by Sazzy890)
This isn't a valid reason for abortion under the Abortion Act.
Last edited by Clare~Bear; 01-03-2012 at 18:27.
If the mother tried to get child maintenance through the Child Support Agency she would likely succeed.
(Original post by GDG1235)
so if the father does not want the child he still has to support the child even if he does not want the child?
Last edited by Sazzy890; 02-03-2012 at 00:37.