With the American election coming up quickly there are a lot of issues that are on people's minds, abortion is one of them. Interestingly nothing is mentioned about Abortion in the Constitution one way or the other so technically it should be a State governed issue. Abortion is a touchy subject that I've waded into with care only a few times, it often enflames tempers and in many ways arguments coming from both sides are valid because ultimately one's stance is dependent on one's personal morality. To clarify my position on the matter currently I am personally Pro Life, but Politically Pro Choice when it comes to abortion. I would offer aid and assistance to a young struggling potential mother without judgement and help her explore all avenues that would allow the baby to live, but I would never ever ever support any sort of government intervention which amounts to politicians saying they know better what's going on in some girl's life better than she does.
However as they exist abortion laws are unbalanced, they are completely and utterly sexist and allow unscrupulous women to enslave a fellow human being for up to 18 years. This is a horrible injustice, it laughs in the face of equal rights, and harkens back to the days of slavery. It can be exploited by immoral and lazy people and can often enough ruin someone's life.
Why are men not given the right to choose whether or not they can abort? If women can then men should be able to as well.
The thing is, I'm not joking. Men should be legally allowed to abort a fetus as well. No I'm not saying they should be able to force a woman to kill her unborn child, that would be barbaric, I'm talking about allowing a man the legal right to sever all ties and responsibility to a child in the same timeframe that a mother would be allowed to choose to abort. This legal precedent would completely sever ties between the man and his offspring and cannot be changed or undone, once he has given up his rights to fatherhood they are gone for good.
The flip side of this amendment would be what if the father wants to keep the baby but the mother wishes to abort. Legally this is much more touchy because if not handled correctly it amounts to making women brood mares (also barbaric), however in such a matter I believe that a man wishing to care for his own child sans the mother should offer up payment for the mother's surrogacy as carrying the baby for 9 months is a service she would be providing. Women wishing to keep their babies would not be legally bound to pay for the sperm donation unless an agreement was arranged before conception. Of course after the baby is born, the mother would legally sever all ties and responsibility for the child and the baby would be relinquished into the permanent care of the father.
These amendments are extremely logical and in fact I cannot understand why they have not been enacted or even suggested as law yet. In a country which claims that all are given equal rights no matter race, creed, or gender this situation is inexcusable and needs to be remedied right away.
As when any new law is suggested there of course should be input from the people, so I now gladly turn over these suggestions for broader scrutiny and suggestion. The concepts here were originally brought to light by my good friend Ian Cognito to give credit where credit is due, and as such I'm granting him the privilege of getting all the flame comments while I'll just take the constructive criticism and praise. I'm selfless like that. Flamer's please oblige.