Well, it’s probably a bad idea for me to pop my posting cherry by starting a thread like this, but here goes.
I would like to open up for debate the issue of the double standard in regards to personal responsibility for sex.
Hypothetical: A man and a woman have consentual sex. She conceives. For the sake of this argument say that both parties were responsible enough to use contraception, she was on the pill and he wore a condom, but a pregnancy resulted anyway.
Both parties contributed to her pregnancy equally, correct? How can we hold the man responsible for child support without also giving him a say in whether the child is born? Damn this is difficult to pose this question the way I want to. The law says that a woman has the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion, because it is her body. She has 100% say so in the matter, the man has 0%.
Yet the man can be held financially responsible for her decision if she decides to have the baby. On the flip side of that, what if she decides to have an abortion, but the man wanted to keep the baby? How can we hold both parties responsible if we don’t give both parties equal decision making power?
Doesn’t giving the woman the sole right to decide whether to terminate a pregnancy(because it is her body), also put the responsibility of that decision solely on her? If she has all the rights then she should have all the responsibilities.
For the record, I am personally opposed to abortion, but not the right to have one. What I mean by that is I would not want my child to be aborted, but I would not want to take away others rights to make that decision for themselves. I guess that’s where it gets tricky, because what do you do if one partner wants the baby but the other does not? If we leave the ultimate decision up to the female
, then how can the male be held responsible. It’s sort of like taxation without representation. If the woman can get child support for deciding to have the baby, can’t the male get some compensation if she decides not to have it? He has, after all, lost something very dear to him in that instance.
Well, I’m confused and unsure how I performed my first time, but at least I’m not all sticky.