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    I am currently doing my EPQ and thought it would be interesting to explore the male side of abortion. When a woman is pregnant and does not wish to continue with the pregnancy then (in some places) has the option to abort the child. I do agree that a woman should be able to decide what happen to her body at the end of the day; however, it is not often spoken of the male input in this situation. If the father of the unborn child wants the mother to have an abortion and she does not want to, should he have the right at this stage to give up his rights as a father and therefore not have to pay child support to the mother?

    Your opinions would be helpful to explore different views. Thank you.
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    if women want equality so bad then yes. Men should have the right to abort the unborn child
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    Yes they should, financial abortion should be an option for men
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    I think at the very least, if it is declared early, then the male should have a right to opt out of payments for a child that they do not want. this will open the choice for the woman to either carry on and bear the child herself and pay for it fully, or to abort the child. it makes no sense that the most serious case of inter-personal legal relations imaginable can be decided by something like an accident or a broken condom (either a male or female condom), or, even, a lie on the part of the female regarding birth control. it's disgraceful. 18 years of financial servitude for what might be something totally immoral? and they say we live in a patriarchy?
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    Absolutely
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    Yes he should have that option.

    Takes 2 to create a baby but only one person making all the decisions seems unfair
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    Yes, if a woman can choose, why can't the man? It is his unborn baby and they did create the unborn baby together.
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    No, if think you are old enough to have sex, then you are old enough to take some financial responsibility for any resulting progeny.
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    No. No one has the right to murder.
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    (Original post by Quantex)
    No, if think you are old enough to have sex, then you are old enough to take some financial responsibility for any resulting progeny.
    But what if the woman lied to you about the contraceptives she was taking/using, or poked holes in the condom?
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    (Original post by h3rmit)
    But what if the woman lied to you about the contraceptives she was taking/using, or poked holes in the condom?
    Bring your own condoms and choose another orifice if it is a concern.
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    (Original post by Quantex)
    No, if think you are old enough to have sex, then you are old enough to take some financial responsibility for any resulting progeny.
    Would you say the same to a woman who wants an abortion?
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    (Original post by Quantex)
    No, if think you are old enough to have sex, then you are old enough to take some financial responsibility for any resulting progeny.
    Why do women have all the power?
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    In an ideal world, yes. The mother has at least twenty weeks to make an informed choice about whether she wants to, and can afford to, raise a child by herself. With great power comes great responsibility, as the saying goes, and the male's power in this situation is clearly only a tiny fraction of the female's (therefore, his responsibility is also vastly less).

    But in practice, financial abortion (or whatever you want to call it) would just lead to even more single mothers dependent on the government for child support. So politically it's totally unviable. We know from the number of low/no-income families with children that not being able to afford a child is not sufficient to deter many women from having one.
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    (Original post by kwalton)
    I am currently doing my EPQ and thought it would be interesting to explore the male side of abortion. When a woman is pregnant and does not wish to continue with the pregnancy then (in some places) has the option to abort the child. I do agree that a woman should be able to decide what happen to her body at the end of the day; however, it is not often spoken of the male input in this situation. If the father of the unborn child wants the mother to have an abortion and she does not want to, should he have the right at this stage to give up his rights as a father and therefore not have to pay child support to the mother?

    Your opinions would be helpful to explore different views. Thank you.
    No.

    In the literal sense of the word "abort" it is wrong/illegal. Simply because that child is in fact not a child or an unborn child, but, a foetus. It is part of the mother, without it's own human rights. To abort the child against the mother's wishes is nothing more than GBH.

    In terms of not paying child support/giving up "rights" of the father, i'm afraid that feels like a nonsense. You have made the mistake (in your view) of getting another human being pregnant...you now have the responsibility to raise that child/ensure that child is provided for to the best of your ability. If you aren't prepared to be a father either:

    - Don't have sex
    - Have sex with someone you know well enough to know their views on reproductive health/ethics are the same as yours

    It's really that simple.

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    Why do women have all the power?
    The foetus is part of them, not a human in it's own right.
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    (Original post by Metal Gear)
    Would you say the same to a woman who wants an abortion?
    Exactly Quantex
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    (Original post by Quantex)
    Bring your own condoms and choose another orifice if it is a concern.
    But if you are being lied to, the blame and responsibility surely cannot lie with you (assuming the woman can definitely beshown to have lied)?
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    Yes.
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    (Original post by h3rmit)
    But what if the woman lied to you about the contraceptives she was taking/using, or poked holes in the condom?
    ^this^
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    (Original post by l'etranger)
    Why do women have all the power?
    (Original post by Metal Gear)
    Would you say the same to a woman who wants an abortion?
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    Exactly Quantex
    Of course he won't reply to that.
 
 
 

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