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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Friday, March 10, 2006

Parental Responsiblity - Is It A Choice?

Contending that women have more options than they do in the event of an unintended pregnancy, men's rights activists are mounting a long shot legal campaign aimed at giving them the chance to opt out of financial responsibility for raising a child.
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The National Center for Men has prepared a lawsuit — nicknamed Roe v. Wade for Men — filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Michigan on behalf of a 25-year-old computer programmer ordered to pay child support for his ex-girlfriend's daughter. The suit addresses the issue of male reproductive rights, contending that lack of such rights violates the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause.
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The gist of the argument: If a pregnant woman can choose among abortion, adoption or raising a child, a man involved in an unintended pregnancy should have the choice of declining the financial responsibilities of fatherhood. The activists involved hope to spark discussion even if they lose.
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"There's such a spectrum of choice that women have — it's her body, her pregnancy and she has the ultimate right to make decisions," said Mel Feit, director of the men's center. "I'm trying to find a way for a man also to have some say over decisions that affect his life profoundly."
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Liberally Conservative is Pro-Life, Pro-Parental Rights and an advocate for Father's and Children's Rights. When you engage in sex your partner may lie to you, as in this case, and a pregnancy may develop. Does that leave the child out in the cold, unwanted, scheduled for the abortion clinic? If the child is born is this the state's problem?
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Family court and rights against Father's often collide because of the prejudice nature in the family law courts and activist judges. Father's need to demonstrate responsibility for any child they sire. This law suit has the potential of placing any gains made by Father's Rights groups back years.
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We believe a man should have as much say for his child as the mother; courts and legislatures should ensure this happens. Unintended pregancy is a slick term but it's an irresponsible notion.
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Feit doesn't advocate an unlimited fatherhood opt-out; he proposes a brief period in which a man, after learning of an unintended pregnancy, could decline parental responsibilities if the relationship was one in which neither partner had desired a child.
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This law suit is as pathetic as Roe v.Wade, deciding what a child is worth. Both instances declare irresponsible people with the choice of choosing themselves over a child created by their actions.
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Source: FoxNews

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