Carol Platt Liebau: Thank You, Jeff Jacoby

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Thank You, Jeff Jacoby

Jeff Jacoby weighs in on the argument over whether men should be able to relinquish responsibility for an unwanted baby, discussed on this site earlier this week here.

He writes:

REAL MEN - good men - take responsibility for the children they father. If they get a woman pregnant, they do the right thing: They stand by her. They support their child. They don't try to weasel out of a situation they co-authored. They shoulder the obligations of fatherhood, even if they hadn't planned on becoming a father.

How sad is it that someone actually has to inform everyone of this fact?

He concludes with a bang:

[P]redatory males have done enormous damage to American society, and the last thing our culture needs is one more way for men to escape accountability for the children they father. [The plaintiff in the men's rights case] wants more than the freedom to be sexually reckless - he wants that freedom to be constitutionally guaranteed. Truly he is a child of his time, passionate on the subject of rights and eager to duck responsibility.

Read the whole thing.

3 Comments:

Blogger amber said...

In a way, I agree with this post. However, I strongly agree with this man's premise that women get to choose if they will get rid of their child (whether they are married or not) while men have to stand by and wait for the woman's decision. This man is trying to take back some of his power. He has shed light on a horrible occurance, the legal murder of your own child without your consent. I know a man who went through this, his girlfriend aborted their child. 26 years later he still thinks about his child. If this is the only way to make people realize the travesty of "it's my body" then so be it. I hope he wins.

4:33 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

I have the same internal conflict as does amber. It's hard to disagree with Jacoby, particularly since he speaks absolute truth as far as responsibility goes. After all, why is it such a surprise to find that the activity designed for procreation should produce, good heavens!, a child? (One lefty I know refers to this attitude as "pregnancy as punishment". sigh)

But amber points out a glaring disparity that is the other side of the coin. Since procreation is a joint effort, there should be more of an equal say as to the interests of the child.

9:58 PM  
Blogger HouseOfSin said...

I think the lawsuit does the nation a favor: It forces a conversation about, and possibly throws into the air, rights of parents to dictate the fate of children.

The current situation is not fair: All the power follows the woman; none follows the man. The pro-life position, very solidly, is "neither": abortion should be illegal *and* the man shouldn't be able to weasel out.

To say that the pro-choice side is "both" is oversimplified. Many in the pro-choice movement are feminists, completely hostile to the premise that the man should have any rights, all the while conferring absolute privilege to the mother.

I would love to see Gloria Allred on TV, explaining why all the privilege should follow her, and none him.

So many thanks to this suit for forcing the conversation.

9:13 AM  

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