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Reproductive Rights

This is a question and answer taken from your website. I have made some comments below

ORIGINAL QUESTION:
I was wondering if you had an opinion on Male Reproductive Rights? If so, could you e-mail me with your response. I am writing a research paper on Abortion.

Thanks,

Jerry

YOUR ANSWER:
Since men can't reproduce, I'm a little confused by your question.

However, since men do play a part in reproduction, I can answer your question to that extent. I think that men should be as informed as women should be about all aspects of family planning--how to prevent unwanted pregnancies and how to go about having healthy families. In terms of men having a say in abortion...I do think that more men need to be vocally pro-choice.

In terms of individual choice within couples, that is a case-by-case basis. It is the woman's choice since she is the one who would--if she chose this- carry the pregnancy to term, so I think that it is she who likewise has the primary say in whether or not to carry it to full-term. In any well-balanced couple, I'm sure that men play a role in this decision-making process. However, some couples are at an unequal place. For this reason, I would maintain that it is solely the women's choice. Hopefully, her male partner will support her in that decision. I hope that helps, but please let me know if you had a more specific question in mind.

I appreciate your website, but you may have misunderstood his question.

Male Reproductive Rights state that men should have a choice in
abortion, as men have to pay child support and pay it at much higher rates than women and usually do not see their children much after divorce. So, if he didn't want a child (because it would ruin his life, let's say) but she did, he would not be forced to pay support, or would pay less. There would be some mechanism to give his choice weight, since his life stands to be ruined or benefited as much as any woman's.

You also mention that some couples are unequalized, and therefore the decision should only be a woman's. But Male Reproductive Rights recognizes that women can be the cause of inequality in relationships as well, and so that the decision should not only be the woman's. "Hopefully, her male partner will support her in that decision."

Likewise.

Cheers,

Have a good day.

   

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