Should Men Be Able to Opt Out of Fatherhood?

09 Nov

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.

Source: Should Men Be Able to Opt Out of Fatherhood? | VICE | United States

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Posted by on November 9, 2016 in Reportages



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