View Poll Results: Should a Man have an Absolute Right to abort his baby?

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  • Yes, but only during the first 20 weeks, same as a woman.

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  • Yes, but only during the initial period when a non-invasive technique works.

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  • No, but he should have the right to be legally relieved of all responsibility.

    50 49.50%
  • NO! Only the woman has this right and he remains responsible.

    21 20.79%
  • I oppose all abortion, so neither have the right.

    22 21.78%
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    Re: Should a Man have an Absolute Right to Choose to Abort His Baby?

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    I view it as a shared responsibility and frankly it's the women that have to do the heavy lifting. Also, the guy definitely "got off" while the woman may well not have.

    I have a child and because of that, I've supported my ex-wife for 32 years since my divorce (voluntarily, not by court order). I don't have a single stretch mark.
    That's not the point. If a woman doesn't want to get pregnant, she is very capable of preventing it, and it is her body which is in question- not his. Since it is her body, I view it as her responsibility to protect it, and to make the choices with it.
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    Re: Should a Man have an Absolute Right to Choose to Abort His Baby?

    Quote Originally Posted by a351 View Post
    Also, a man should only be allowed to "opt out" of financial and parental responsibilities if his partner mutually accepts. The idea that he is somehow less obligated to provide for the child's well being is absurd.
    He never consented to the pregnancy, his consent to sex is no more an obligation to spend 18 years paying for an unwanted child than a woman's consent to sex is an obligation to bear and raise it in the first place.

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    Re: Should a Man have an Absolute Right to Choose to Abort His Baby?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    That's not the point. If a woman doesn't want to get pregnant, she is very capable of preventing it, and it is her body which is in question- not his. Since it is her body, I view it as her responsibility to protect it, and to make the choices with it.
    Not being a woman, I am forced to ask, how exactly do you prevent having a baby? Just curious.

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    Re: Should a Man have an Absolute Right to Choose to Abort His Baby?

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    Not being a woman, I am forced to ask, how exactly do you prevent having a baby? Just curious.
    Um, birth control or abstinence. It's really not that difficult.
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    Re: Should a Man have an Absolute Right to Choose to Abort His Baby?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    No, but he ought to be able to be absolved of all legal and financial responsibility for any baby that he doesn't want to have, but he also gives up all parental visitation, etc. If she can vote to have the baby without his consent, he can vote for her to be 100% responsible for it.
    This is my position as well.

    I shouldn't be able to force my seed on a woman, but I should be able to have the option to say that if you have this baby, it is with absolutely no obligation (financial or otherwise) from me. If she chooses to keep the baby, she does so under her own volition with the understanding that she cannot come back at the man for any purpose or reason whatsoever.

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    Re: Should a Man have an Absolute Right to Choose to Abort His Baby?

    if he doesnt want to be a father he should take all the precautions before impregnating her

    woman should do it too ,but it is her body
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    Re: Should a Man have an Absolute Right to Choose to Abort His Baby?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    This is my position as well.

    I shouldn't be able to force my seed on a woman, but I should be able to have the option to say that if you have this baby, it is with absolutely no obligation (financial or otherwise) from me. If she chooses to keep the baby, she does so under her own volition with the understanding that she cannot come back at the man for any purpose or reason whatsoever.
    I think the man should be given enough time to make that decision before a certain point in the pregnancy so she can decide if she's going to continue the pregnancy on her own, or abort it, or have it and put it up for adoption. He has his rights, she has her rights and they need to be equal.
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    Re: Should a Man have an Absolute Right to Choose to Abort His Baby?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    He never consented to the pregnancy, his consent to sex is no more an obligation to spend 18 years paying for an unwanted child than a woman's consent to sex is an obligation to bear and raise it in the first place.
    The woman's choice is just that, her choice. She bears the burden of carrying the child and in the case that she doesn't feel the need to terminate the pregnancy, for whatever reason, the equal participant in creating that child should not be able to simply stroll away without a lick of responsibility. I don't think many who support your position fully realize the implications of allowing such a thing to happen.

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    Re: Should a Man have an Absolute Right to Choose to Abort His Baby?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Um, birth control or abstinence. It's really not that difficult.
    Birth control pills have ugly side-effects for some women. They aren't readily available - at least in the past you had to beg them from a Doctor while guys can buy a condom without a license. Abstinence makes the fond grow harder.

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    Re: Should a Man have an Absolute Right to Choose to Abort His Baby?

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    Birth control pills have ugly side-effects for some women. They aren't readily available - at least in the past you had to beg them from a Doctor while guys can buy a condom without a license. Abstinence makes the fond grow harder.
    Yes, you are right. Birth control pills have side effects for some women. That is really beside the point. If a woman doesn't want to get pregnant, there are a number of ways that she can avoid it. If she is negligent with her body, then it is something that she will have to deal with later.
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