Don’t Blame Feminists for Your Misunderstanding of Roe vs. Wade: We Never Said Men Shouldn’t Have a Say in the Abortion Debate August 27, 2009Posted by FCM in health, MRAs, politics.
Tags: abortion, domestic violence, incest, parental consent laws, roe
its a misunderstanding that many people make regarding the meaning of Roe and its progeny, and frankly I am getting tired of hearing about it.
the real reasons that spousal and parental-consent laws, without a work-around, are illegal are not to exclude concerned parents and male partners from the discussion. its really very simple.
in a good relationship, the spouse or parent will of course be consulted in the event of an unplanned pregnancy. that goes without saying, and theres no reason to state as much in our abortion laws. but very clearly, the matter needs to be addressed, as often as its being misunderstood: in a nutshell, abortion laws giving women the ultimate decision-making power are meant to protect women and girls in unhealthy relationships, where the spouse/parent would not have her best interests at heart.
in a healthy relationship, partners will of course discuss the issue and both will have a say. in a bad relationship, or in the event that the girl is carrying her own fathers child for example, the fathers input is irrelevant. it must be irrelevant, if girls and women are going to have the right to abort at all. it is in these situations particularly that their judgment must be deferred to. and the woman will always be in the best position to judge the healthiness of her own relationship. her judgement must be deferred to there as well, and the only way to do that is to give all women the ultimate decision-making power.
if people are making the mistake of completely ignoring the fathers input within the context of a healthy relationship, then they are missing the point. and if they know better, but are whining about “fathers’ rights” in this context anyway as an anti-feminist backlash, they are being dishonest. but dont blame feminists in particular for the misunderstanding. if anything, feminists are the biggest proponents of egalitarian sexual relationships, where both parties’ voices are heard.
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