Someone Finally Questions The Inequality In Reproductive Rights

Ever since Roe v. Wade, women have enjoyed the exclusive privilege to wash their hands of the consequences of conception, and give up all rights and responsibilities for the unwanted child.

Even though extending this right to men would not require invasive surgery, or in fact anything more complicated than signing and filing a legal document, men have been denied equal rights to wash their hands of the consequences of conception, and give up all rights and responsibilities for the unwanted child.

In short: women have a choice, men have a charge. It’s a clearly gynocentric legal system.

But now this brazen, sexist inequality, which costs men and profits women billions of dollars, is finally being questioned in a prominent, public forum. Laurie Shrage asks in the New York Times: “Is Forced Fatherhood Fair?

The real question, of course, isn’t about “forced” fatherhood since most of the pregnancies we’re talking about resulted from consensual sex. We’re talking about a sexist legal regime that grants exclusive privileges to one segment of society that result in the transfer of massive financial resources from the labor of another segment.  It’s not fatherhood that’s at issue, but indentured servitude.

David

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