Abortion is not a decision to be taken lightly. It is not a decision that the mother should make on her on either. Abortion should be a mutual decision between both parents. It should only be the mother’s choice if the father is not willing to care for the baby. It takes both a man and woman to create a child; therefor it should take both a man and a woman to make the decision to abort their child. After all a child is no more the mother’s than it is the father’s.
When a woman makes the decision to keep the child, she expects financial support and help raising the child from the child’s father; therefore, she should ask for the father’s opinion when it comes to abortion, because the father could want to raise the baby on his own. Fathers are responsible for their children as much as mothers. Fathers should be afforded the same rights and privileges to the child as the mother if they choose to raise the baby alone.
When a woman seeks an abortion she should be required to give the identity of the father. Before she is able to have the abortion, she should obtain his written authorization. If the father chooses not to abort the child, then the mother should honor his decision and think of an alternate decision. The mother can always give the child to the father after birth. If the mother claims the father is unknown, unavailable, or incapable of providing consent then the mother should get a legal document proving such. If an abortion is performed without the father’s consent, then he should have the right to impose a lawsuit on the mother of his child. No father should have his child taken away from him. The only cases where I believe that right can be taken are when a woman has been raped, or if the mother’s health is at risk. If a mother has valid medical evidence that the pregnancy would be a danger to her health then that evidence should override a father’s decision to have the baby. Women should not be forced to take unnecessary health...
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