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Tue 21st April 2009

Reproductive Equality for Men?

Filed under: General — Bret @ 2:49 pm

The following link is to a site that has many articles, postings and discussions about the issue of reproductive equality for men.

Reproductive Equality . Com

The site suggests that women should decide what to do with their bodies and whether they want a family, but that they should not be able to make that same decision for men.  The conclusion is that while women currently enjoy 100% of the decision and control in whether to have a child, men are currently shouldered with 50% of the responsibility for that decision (even if they disagreed with it) while enjoying as little as 0% of the control and decision in some cases.

Thoughts?

5 Responses to “Reproductive Equality for Men?”

  1. Scott B says:

    It would be nice for men to have some rights.

  2. allan harvey says:

    Hey Scott,
    Our Parliment bequeathed you the right to pay Child Support for 19 years. What “rights” do you wish, or expect?
    What rights does the child have? The unborn child has less rights than blokes and the born child is equally powerless despite the Care of Children legislation.
    Better questions may be what responsibilities do people who sleep together have? What obligations should exist if conception occurs?
    We all know condoms are not 100%, some even take the risk of not using them.
    What rights do taxpayers have?
    Frankly I think your wish for “nice” is simplistic in the extreme.
    When we engage with the difficult issues we may make some progress. Wishing for nice rights hasn’t got us anywhere and in my view it never will!

  3. MurrayBacon says:

    Management theory suggests that the person who carries the resonsibility, should have the right to make the decision.

    If the taxpayer carries the cost, then they?? should be able to make the decision abortion or birth?

    Sorry, if the father will carry the cost (and can show that they will in fact carry the cost), then the father should be able to make the decision and to make such a decision – the information must be available in time…..

    If the father isn’t informed in time and the woman isn’t able to show she can carry the cost, then this decision would devolve to the taxpayer, birth or abortion.

    Hhowever we decide to share out these decisions and “rights”, some people are likely to feel agrieved.

    Anyway, the present semen capture/child support is just the reverse of the old leaving the girl pregnant and then carrying the baby. Women used to complain and now more men are complaining, so what?

    Are we moving forward, or just in decreasing circles? Cheers, MurrayBacon.

  4. Scott B says:

    Sometimes the simple approach is the best.

  5. allan harvey says:

    The Orwellian axe murderer strikes again. Perhaps we could have a taxpayer referendum about each conception.
    As Skeptic suggests roll on Male conraception. I note the latest Listener has a new possibility. Testosterone injections for male infertility with the added side effect of enhanced libido.

    The answer to some single blokes prayers? time will tell. The Listener article hypothesises that pharmaceutical companies won’t be interested.

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