Abortion: the Powerless Men and the Effect on Society

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Nedelina Markova
Writing 121

Abortion: The Powerless Men and The Effect on Society

“Taking power away from men is a dangerous thing. Someone always pays.” - Glenn Close. The mother sometimes overpowers the father when it comes down to the decision of abortion. Some men don’t have the right to give their consent before the fetus they participated in conceiving is aborted. It’s important for society to understand that stripping away reproductive rights from men, when deciding on an abortion, can promote irresponsibility in men. If men have no voice when it comes to abortion, does that mean that they have no responsibility for the pregnancies they helped create? And what effect has this had on the American family? In his book, “Redeeming a Father’s Heart”, attorney David Wemhoff asserts that “The excitement, or the sense of shock, and other emotions that come about with the realization of pregnancy can be felt by both the mom and the dad.” “Every parent has the duty to provide his or her children with the basic necessities of life, including food, clothing, shelter, and necessary medical care. To do otherwise is child abuse.”(6 reason Why Men Can Speak on Abortion) The common denominator is equality; equality in creation, equality in emotion, equality in responsibility, and equality in care. However, abortions are the sole power of women, granted to them by the decision in Roe v. Wade, releasing men from all the responsibility of the fetus until it is born. This decision usurped men of their right to consent and the opportunity to be a parent while simultaneously preventing them from pressuring a woman into an abortion. In his book, “The Father’s Role: Cross Cultural Perspective”, Professor Michael E. Lamb of Cambridge University, argues that “Much of the time involved in being a responsible parent does not involve direct interaction with the child.” For example, a responsible parent will provide a safe home, financial stability, and a stress free...
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