Each year, there are:
- Over 1,000,000 abortions in the US
- Nearly 150,000 children put up for adoption.
That's a total of 1,150,000 children that either cease to exist, or are placed inside the arms of non-biologically related parents. It also means that nearly 1.2 million women will not have to meet any obligations of being a mother. With an average of 3-4 million births per year in the US alone, this means that about 1 of 4 women have made a choice to not be a parent.
However, not one man, is EVER allowed to make that same choice, which we grant to nearly 25% of women. Is this fair?
Men are told, you MUST be a parent, whether you like it or not, and/or whether you can afford to or not. Women, and the legal system which aids them, DEMAND that a man must pay because he has a shared responsibility for the life he helped create, even if he never consented to it. If he doesn't, it's off to jail he goes and a life of dismal gloom lay ever before him.
This must change...
Either a man is entitled to the same reproductive choices as women or nobody, will have a choice. Women will not be able to place babies up for adoption, or legally abandon them, or God forbid abort them. Men will have the equal right to say, 'I did not consent to become a father and I hereby renounce my rights as a parent and shall have no future obligations to the child, should the woman choose to have and raise the child."
This is only fair.
Here is an excerpt from two very intelligent and reasonable female attorneys who feel the same way.
'When a female determines she is pregnant, she has the freedom to decide if she has the maturity level to undertake the responsibilities of motherhood, if she is financially able to support a child, if she is at a place in her career to take the time to have a child, or if she has other concerns precluding her from carrying the child to term. After weighing her options, the female may choose abortion. Once she aborts the fetus, the female's interests in and obligations to the child are terminated. In stark contrast, the unwed father has no options. His responsibilities to the child begin at conception and can only be terminated with the female's decision to abort the fetus or with the mother's decision to give the child up for adoption. Thus, he must rely on the decisions of the female to determine his future. The putative father does not have the luxury, after the fact of conception, to decide that he is not ready for fatherhood. Unlike the female, he has no escape route."
McCulley's male abortion concept aims to equalize the legal status of unwed men and unwed women by giving the unwed man by law the ability to 'abort' his rights in and obligations to the child. If a woman decides to keep the child the father may choose not to by severing all ties legally.
This same concept has been supported by a former president of the feminist organization National Organization for Women, attorney Karen DeCrow, who wrote that "if a woman makes a unilateral decision to bring pregnancy to term, and the biological father does not, and cannot, share in this decision, he should not be liable for 21 years of support...autonomous women making independent decisions about their lives should not expect men to finance their choice."