10/14/09
Your Call: Do We Need Male Reproductive Rights?

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Dear Em & Lo,

The way I see it, there is simply no such concept as male reproductive rights. If your girl gets pregnant and wants to keep the baby, congratulations, you’re a dad! Pay up, sucker. If you want to keep it but she wants to abort it, tough luck — there goes your progeny. The only thing a dude can do is rubber up and screen for sexual partners with similar values.

We get it, the baby’s growing in the woman’s body, and ownership is 9/10ths of the law. But come on, now. There’s got to be some kind of reasonable compromise. I don’t have an easy answer to this, and I doubt anyone else will either. Men will continue to get a raw deal here. But could you open the topic to discussion?

— Cat Amongst the Pigeons

Consider it done! What do you think, do we need male reproductive rights? And if so, what would they be? Let the debate begin (no throwing things, please) in the comments section below.

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Becca
Becca
1 month 2 days ago
I have been upset about this for years! Of course men should have rights! We both lay down together, we both decide we’re going to have sex, we both know the possible outcome… Why then do we women get to pull the trump card?? If he doesn’t want the baby, looks like I’ll be raising the baby on my own with no help from him. (a lot of us do that now anyway)If he wants the baby and I don’t, well I knew what could happen, so I should have the decency to carry the baby to term, in as… Read more »
Becca
Becca
1 month 2 days ago

Wow, that’s written pretty poorly. Sorry about that. But I’m sure you get my point.

Dustin
Dustin
3 years 2 months ago
We will forever get the raw deal now. Until humans remember our place the world will remain junk. Scorned women don’t realize that it is their choice as well. They don’t realize that there are women out there that do nothing but prey amongst the males, getting pregnant, getting child support and government assistance. That is all they do (they being the ones I just specified for all those fem-Nazis out there). Its no wonder males are moving towards what they are. You have taken advantage of us since the beginning and all we did was love you. Every single… Read more »
Pam
Pam
3 years 6 months ago

Well now, waaaa waaaa waaaaa. Historically it’s been the woman who has always gotten the short end of the stick. Has to quit school and raise a child, people think negatively about her and the guy gets off scott free. Here’s some simple advise. Keep your pants on and you won’t find yourself in this situation. Yes, possession is 9/10’s of the law. Sorry!

Jaybe
Jaybe
5 years 11 days ago
The comments are very interesting. I was unable to find strong answers for any of the following: Why are women given the right to have casual sex but also have the choice to abort or give away the child – but men are not rewarded this same right? Also, a further point, when one catches a cold – is it the victims fault for not washing his hands, not being warm enough, etc.? Or is it the fault of the person where the germs originated? If women are given the choice to control what happens to their own bodies as… Read more »
Michal
Michal
5 years 3 months ago

Yes, males should have reproductive rights when the situation is a short term heterosexual relationship. The male should not be party to be extorted financially by another person or have that person benefit financially as a result of a one sided decision. Golddiggers beward. It encourages unprotected sex as a devious woman can profit from her pregnancy as doe the lawyers who get involved in the litigation.

Robert
5 years 8 months ago

Interesting article…

The rights lie with both parties for me

Andrea
Andrea
5 years 9 months ago
I’ve read through several of these comments and am fascinated. What I have learned from my own experience, is that even when you do discuss with your partner (even someone you’ve known for 10 years) your stance on abortion/keeping a child and the fact that neither of you are using birth control — and you’re both in your forties —once the woman gets pregnant, it’s like all of those discussions did not take place. AFTER I became pregnant, the man who said he was “ok with me getting pregnant” and “would never ask me to have an abortion,” suddenly told… Read more »
Ted
Ted
1 month 6 days ago
I disagree. My ex fiancé took our child and herself clear across the country immediately after the child’s birth. I was never given a chance to be a father and now our daughter is 17. I still have never met her or talked to her. My ex told our daughter that her father is dead and I’m sure she doesn’t even know I exist. I didn’t/don’t have the money for lawyers and chasing her across the country, but it has always bothered me that she stole our child away. I would have gladly paid child support to be in my… Read more »
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