Thursday, December 01, 2005

A Man's Right to Choose

It appears there is but one Hastings faculty blogger, Ethan Leib. Unfortunately, he writes shit like this: PrawfsBlawg: A Man's Right to Choose. He says because women get the choice of having an abortion, men should have the choice of disclaiming a child to avoid child support payments. Let me note a couple big reasons why this is dumb: children have a right to support from their parents; women grow children inside them for 9 months, giving birth or an abortion has medical risks and requires significant emotional and physical commitments, while a mans role in creating a child is done; determining when a man was significantly careful (or had time to claim they wanted an abortion) would be costly and uncertian, making non-payment of child support even more common.

Then he links to this NYTimes op-ed which says, "NOBODY is arguing that we should let my friend who impregnated his girlfriend off the hook." (all caps in original) Except Mr. Leib it seems. Instead Dalton Conley thinks "If a father is willing to legally commit to raising a child with no help from the mother he should be able to obtain an injunction against the abortion of the fetus he helped create." A man gets to control a woman's body if he makes a promise to give himself total control over the child? Do I have to list the reasons why this idea is dumb? I find these people objectionable.

Oh yeah, the big problem with society today? Discrimination against men.

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