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.


  1. 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 be hard and horrible but it’s better than the alternative and report always…there is no reason for the turmoil of an unwanted baby. They need to develop something to safeguard men like women have like a plan B kind of thingy but something needs to be done to safeguard guys as well from calculated devious gold diggers.

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