BOTH people "should have" been responsible. The man should have kept it in his pants and the woman should have kept her legs closed. Ok? I admit that.
The issue here is that one gender bears more of the responsibility than the other, and that is the woman, because she has to carry the fetus. It is she who has to decide if she wants an abortion or she wants to have it because all the risk: financially, physically, emotionally, medically, socially, is ultimately her's. The man's situation is far more flexible.
If the woman decides to have the baby, then that baby requires support. Who else do we turn to if the man gets to run away? The State, and that means public dollars. If the woman has to bear the burden of raising the baby, then the man must also contribute. This is about CHILD WELFARE and nothing else.
People are removing the child aspect from their minds and only thinking about what is fair to the man. This is not about what is fair to the man OR woman, but the born child that needs support.
Is this sinking in yet? I hope so, because I am tired of repeating myself to the deaf.
The government has no place controlling people's reproductive systems, and even if they could, I cannot think of any method that can be safely employed to stop people from reproducing that has no side effects. Even the birth control pill if used long-term can really mess up your hormone system and permanently affect your reproductive abilities.
Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. ~ Ancient American Indian Proverb
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
And FYI, the U.S. has the highest infant/mother mortality rate in the western world, mostly because our health care system is expensive and inadequate.