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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139 Comments on "Your Call: Do We Need Male Reproductive Rights?"

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Tahnya Dorsey
There are too many choices for contraception. I think that this issue is complicated and slippery. However, as a women you need to be smart. Plan B if it’s a one nighter but not sure why you would screw a complete stranger without protection anyways. I think if a baby is to be made, both parties should sign an agreement it shouldn’t be left up to one person. If the guy doesn’t want a child why shackle him? If there isn’t an agreement then he should not be responsible. If it’s rape, then, damage control with plan B it may… Read more »
Becca
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

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

Dustin
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

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
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

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

Interesting article…

The rights lie with both parties for me

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