Abortion is a very controversial topic. But, regardless of the controversy behind it, all American women do have the legal choice to abort a baby. A mother can choose to dispose of a baby simply because she does not feel she is ready for the baby, and does not want to choose adoption. Or she can choose to abort the baby because the baby is a girl and she wants a boy. She can also choose to end the life because of the baby’s health, such as a diagnosis of downs syndrome or cleft palate.
Biological fathers, however, have no choice and no legal say in the matter. There are no laws which allow a biological father to stop an abortion. American fathers have no rights until the child is born.
If a biological father learns that his baby’s mother is going to abort the baby, should he be allowed to parent the child? Should he be allowed to legally stop the abortion? She he be allowed to encourage the mother to place the child up for adoption?
Many people would argue “no” and believe that biological fathers should not have any legal rights over an unborn child. Some say that it is a women’s reproductive right and choice to choose what to do with her body. They argue that a fetus is not a human being yet, and therefore the father cannot have any legal rights in the matter.
However, many American citizens, who are strongly opposed to abortion, feel that father’s should have rights to pre-born babies. If they want to offer to parent the child, they should be given the chance to do so. But, the laws of America do not support a father’s rights of unborn children. And, the chance of this every becoming legal is very, very slim.
If you visit this website here, you can read stories of fathers who regret supporting an abortion. Also, visit this men and abortion website right here for more information on this sensitive issue.
If you are writing an argumentative essay or controversial research paper on this topic, it might be helpful to get an expert quote. You might contact a local minister, attorney, doctor and ask for his/her thoughts on this matter. You might also post this question on debate message boards for an anonymous quote.
With the way the law is now, the chance of a father’s legal involvement to stop an abortion from happening is very slim. However, while a father cannot legally stop an abortion, he can try to encourage the baby’s mother from not going through with the abortion. Read ” How to Encourage Your Girlfriend / Baby’s Mother to Not Have an Abortion.”
I personally feel that yes, fathers should be able to interfere with an abortion. However, I do not believe that a mother should be forced to parent the child. If she wants to terminate her parental rights after the baby is born, she should have the option to do so. I feel this way because I believe a baby is a living, human being. After all, his/her heart starts beating at just 16 days after conception. Babies can feel pain just six weeks after conception. Read “Fetal Pain” for more insight.
For more information on the abortion debate please read “Abortion: Just Another Fact of Life: Right or Wrong?” You might also check out “Should I Have an Abortion?: Advice for Someone Considering an Abortion.”