Tuesday, August 19, 2008

"Every human being should have the right to make their own reproductive health choices."


So I'm taking a look over a posting on the Chicago Abortion Fund blog called "Whose Agenda is this Anyway?".

There's an intensely fascinating line in this post that says, "Every human being should have the right to make their own reproductive health choices."

Oh really?

Note the phrase "human being".

I would presume therefore that the sentiment applies to men as well?

Not that I would generally spin this point to make the argument that abortion should not be allowed, but, under the current set of rules there is a STAGGERING bit of gender inequality on this issue.

You see, if you are a woman and you decide you don't want to be a parent, you have right up until birth to choose to abort a pregnancy. In fact, even AFTER birth you have the option to give a child to an adoptive family.

If you are a man the MOMENT you hop into the sack with someone you take the risk of JAIL if you don't cough up the amount of money the STATE decides is appropriate to care for your children.

That's unfair.

If we really believe in gender equality, men should have precisely the same rights that women do on this issue. Men should have the right to resign from parental responsibility at ANY TIME.

Anything else would be abject institutionalized inequality.

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