Legal/Paper Abortion-Abortion rights for men

Legal/Paper Abortion-Abortion rights for men

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Paper abortion, also known as a financial abortion or a statutory abortion is the proposed ability of the biological father, before the birth of the child, to opt-out of any rights, privileges, and responsibilities toward the child, including financial support. By this means, before a child is born, a man would be able to absolve himself of both the privileges and demands of fatherhood.

In a 1996 article "Abortion and Fathers' Rights," philosopher Steven Hales made an argument that presupposes the following assertions:

1. That women have an absolute right to abortion on demand;
2. That men and women have equal moral rights and duties and should have equal legal right and duties; and
3. That parents have a moral duty to support their children once they are born and the legal duties of support should supervene on this moral duty.

Laurie Shrage, professor of philosophy and women’s and gender studies, questions whether men should be 'penalized for being sexually active', and she puts the subject in the perspective of feminists who had to fight the same idea with different gender portent, namely that consenting to sexual intercourse is not the same as consenting to parenthood. Furthermore, both men and children are punished, according to professor Shrage; children have to live with an absent father who never 'voluntarily' became a parent.

If women’s partial responsibility for pregnancy does not obligate them to support a fetus, then men’s partial responsibility for pregnancy does not obligate them to support a resulting child.

 

— Elizabeth Brake

 

 

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