Matt Dubay and Lauren Wells had broken up by the time she discovered she was pregnant. The two had only dated for a few months and had polar opposite views on parenthood: Wells wanted to keep the child; Dubay didn’t want to become a father. When the state of Michigan pressed him to pay child support, he refused.The resulting legal battle became one of the most high-profile cases on men’s reproductive rights to date. But since the case, which reached its ten-year anniversary this year, not much has changed.In court, then 25-year-old Dubay put forward a novel legal argument: When a child is unplanned, men should have an equivalent right to a woman’s right to abortion. In other words, women can choose if they want to opt out of the legal and financial responsibilities that come with parenthood—by aborting a fetus—and therefore, so should men.
Should Men Be Able to Opt Out of Fatherhood?