Heated Debate

with a friend on the topic of child support and abortion.

Her stance was that men should not be forced to pay child support because a woman can choose to have or not have the child (via abortion) and the father gets no say in that so if she chooses to have a child produced out of a casual sexual encounter then the onus of supporting that child should be on her.

I don't see any merit whatsoever to this argument, can any of you make sense of it?
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That's the argument that places greater weight on the rights of the parents than on the right of the child to support.


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Her stance was that men should not be forced to pay child support because a woman can choose to have or not have the child (via abortion) and the father gets no say in that so if she chooses to have a child produced out of a casual sexual encounter then the onus of supporting that child should be on her.

I don't see any merit whatsoever to this argument, can any of you make sense of it?
Originally Posted by KatieCoolLady
Such a strange world we live in, isn't it? That we have to argue with a person to help take care of a child that they helped to create.
Strange, sad world indeed.

By the way, he DID have say...the moment he took it out of his pants.
I don't agree with your friend and I think both parties in casual sexual encounters should be more aware of the possible consequences, and no one should have to choose abortion or child support. Child support is for the benefit of the child, not the parents, and shouldn't be attached to moral choices made by the parents or moral judgments of their actions.

BUT... the biological reality is that if pregnancy occurs from a casual hookup, the woman is the one faced with all the physical and lifestyle changes and hard decisions, and the man can cut and run and deny (and sometimes the woman doesn't even know for sure who the father is.) So, while men SHOULD do the right thing and take responsibility, this doesn't always happen and it can be hard to force them to do so, (or maybe they have no means of supporting a child) so women need to realize this and be smarter about their sex lives.
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i agree with yagotta.

if you're gonna have consensual sex, in my mind it's like signing a waiver:

"I understand that in consenting to this procedure there is a risk of disease, procreation and future support of the life of that offspring, heart break, future years in therapy, and possibly death. For some minutes of whoopee, I am willing to take on those risks."

if you can't agree to that, you should probably put your clothes back on and get a pet or go for a run or something.

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i agree with yagotta.

if you're gonna have consensual sex, in my mind it's like signing a waiver:

"I understand that in consenting to this procedure there is a risk of disease, procreation and future support of the life of that offspring, heart break, future years in therapy, and possibly death. For some minutes of whoopee, I am willing to take on those risks."
Originally Posted by curlyarca
Yep! Men need to understand that they are responsible for every sperm that leaves their body. And in their defense, I know some women who have lied about being on the Pill, or were on it but didn't take it correctly or it failed, or were told or thought that they had medical issues preventing conception, who then got pregnant. So regardless of what the woman says, and in the interest of preventing disease, men should be carrying and using condoms and not leaving birth control up to the woman. And any time anyone has sex, regardless of their relationship status or age or relationship to the person they are sleeping with, regardless of what birth control is being used, they need to understand that pregnancy is a possibility and have some idea of what they would do and how the other person would act if that were to happen.
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Her stance was that men should not be forced to pay child support because a woman can choose to have or not have the child (via abortion) and the father gets no say in that so if she chooses to have a child produced out of a casual sexual encounter then the onus of supporting that child should be on her.

I don't see any merit whatsoever to this argument, can any of you make sense of it?
Originally Posted by KatieCoolLady
Such a strange world we live in, isn't it? That we have to argue with a person to help take care of a child that they helped to create.
Strange, sad world indeed.

By the way, he DID have say...the moment he took it out of his pants.
Originally Posted by yagottaloveyacurls
Yes, I agree. The conversation ended with me hanging up on her which is sad.

But this makes me so angry.

It really is looking at the rights of the parents over the rights of the child.

And the really ridiculous thing is that she gets child support from her husband whom she is currently separated from....and I am sure she would take him to court if he stopped sending it.
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i agree with yagotta.

if you're gonna have consensual sex, in my mind it's like signing a waiver:

"I understand that in consenting to this procedure there is a risk of disease, procreation and future support of the life of that offspring, heart break, future years in therapy, and possibly death. For some minutes of whoopee, I am willing to take on those risks."

if you can't agree to that, you should probably put your clothes back on and get a pet or go for a run or something.
Originally Posted by curlyarca
My thoughts exactly. Men know sex can result in a pregnancy, and that the woman he impregnates may choose to keep that baby. I think choosing sex means choosing to support any child that may be conceived.
I wrote a paper on this a few years ago. I think child support is a good thing, because both parties helped create the child, so both parties should care for s/he in some form. What's sad is when a father really wants to keep the baby and the woman aborts it. That's when I feel bad for the fathers. They're expected to take responsibilty when the woman wants to keep the child, but when they want to take responsibility and the mother doesn't want to, the fathers are out of luck. Either way, he has no real say in the baby's future, since his role is just laid out by the law. He's at the mercy of the mother, essentially.

Just my .02.
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I wrote a paper on this a few years ago. I think child support is a good thing, because both parties helped create the child, so both parties should care for s/he in some form. What's sad is when a father really wants to keep the baby and the woman aborts it. That's when I feel bad for the fathers. They're expected to take responsibilty when the woman wants to keep the child, but when they want to take responsibility and the mother doesn't want to, the fathers are out of luck. Either way, he has no real say in the baby's future, since his role is just laid out by the law. He's at the mercy of the mother, essentially.

Just my .02.
Originally Posted by Befrizzled
That is sad.

Also, I think that waiver goes for men and women both.

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I wrote a paper on this a few years ago. I think child support is a good thing, because both parties helped create the child, so both parties should care for s/he in some form. What's sad is when a father really wants to keep the baby and the woman aborts it. That's when I feel bad for the fathers. They're expected to take responsibilty when the woman wants to keep the child, but when they want to take responsibility and the mother doesn't want to, the fathers are out of luck. Either way, he has no real say in the baby's future, since his role is just laid out by the law. He's at the mercy of the mother, essentially.

Just my .02.
Originally Posted by Befrizzled
Well that was kind of what she was saying except she extended that to say that fathers shouldn't have to pay child support because they have no choice in whether the child is born or not.

But in reality, they do have a choice before conception.

The abortion debate is a separate issue.

Of course, all of this is not really the issue anyway....because child support is supposed to be for the benefit of the child and not a right of a parent.
If there were more people on earth who desired their own happiness more than the unhappiness of others we would have a paradise ~ Bertrand Russell
I wrote a paper on this a few years ago. I think child support is a good thing, because both parties helped create the child, so both parties should care for s/he in some form. What's sad is when a father really wants to keep the baby and the woman aborts it. That's when I feel bad for the fathers. They're expected to take responsibilty when the woman wants to keep the child, but when they want to take responsibility and the mother doesn't want to, the fathers are out of luck. Either way, he has no real say in the baby's future, since his role is just laid out by the law. He's at the mercy of the mother, essentially.

Just my .02.
Originally Posted by Befrizzled
Well that was kind of what she was saying except she extended that to say that fathers shouldn't have to pay child support because they have no choice in whether the child is born or not.

But in reality, they do have a choice before conception.

The abortion debate is a separate issue.

Of course, all of this is not really the issue anyway....because child support is supposed to be for the benefit of the child and not a right of a parent.
Originally Posted by KatieCoolLady
I used her argument in my paper to point out the double standard when it comes to responsibilty--if he doesn't want the baby and she does, tough, if he wants the baby and she doesn't, tough.

They do have a choice before conception--which is why I won't knock child support. I just think that women have had their rights settled in a Supreme Court case, yet fathers haven't had this issue tackled in the same forum. There have been plenty of smaller lawsuits where the father sued to keep the child. There are enough bad parents that when someone REALLY wants a child and will take care of it (you'd hope), they get denied their own child. To me, that's for the benefit of the child, not just the right of the parent, although that's in there.
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I asked my hubby about this...he said that the man should still have to pay, even if he didn't want to have the child. He made that choice before having sex with the girl, and it's something that he can't "take back." As for the abortion piece of it, he more or less said that the man/father is pretty much at the mercy of the mother, and it's her body, her choice.
IT's sad, but it is true.
It's a slippery slope with all these issues. Many a man have been tricked/trapped. Some women HAVE gotten pregnant on purpose. That sucks - for all parties involved, especially the child. Thank goodness they are coming out with the male pill. Maybe between that and condoms, men will take/get a little more responsibility.

The bottom line, since only abstinence is 100% - if you play, you will pay. No matter the circumstances. No matter the womans right.
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All parties responsible for creating the child should have to pay. Period.

What if the mother were to hand the child over and simply say - I didn't want the child, but don't believe in abortion. This is your kid too, you raise it. Then what? If more women would do this (not suggesting that they should this is just for sake of discussion), then more men would be willing to pay.

Many (certainly not all) men who live with the mother of their children don't do anything to help raise the kids, how many single guys are going to want to do it all on their own?
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It's a slippery slope with all these issues. Many a man have been tricked/trapped. Some women HAVE gotten pregnant on purpose. That sucks - for all parties involved, especially the child. Thank goodness they are coming out with the male pill. Maybe between that and condoms, men will take/get a little more responsibility.

The bottom line, since only abstinence is 100% - if you play, you will pay. No matter the circumstances. No matter the womans right.
Originally Posted by 2happy
But, can men really be tricked when they know even if the woman says she is on birth control that it can still fail? Aren't they still agreeing to support a oopsie?
It's a slippery slope with all these issues. Many a man have been tricked/trapped. Some women HAVE gotten pregnant on purpose. That sucks - for all parties involved, especially the child. Thank goodness they are coming out with the male pill. Maybe between that and condoms, men will take/get a little more responsibility.

The bottom line, since only abstinence is 100% - if you play, you will pay. No matter the circumstances. No matter the womans right.
Originally Posted by 2happy
But, can men really be tricked when they know even if the woman says she is on birth control that it can still fail? Aren't they still agreeing to support a oopsie?
Originally Posted by internetchick
Exactly. Men always have the option to a) use a condom and b) only have sex if they understand that even with all the precautions in the world there is still a chance of pregnancy and a chance they could be asked for child support - no matter what the woman tells them. Why leave something that weighs so heavily on their future up to someone they don't even know? That's not very smart.
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All parties responsible for creating the child should have to pay. Period.

What if the mother were to hand the child over and simply say - I didn't want the child, but don't believe in abortion. This is your kid too, you raise it. Then what? If more women would do this (not suggesting that they should this is just for sake of discussion), then more men would be willing to pay.

Many (certainly not all) men who live with the mother of their children don't do anything to help raise the kids, how many single guys are going to want to do it all on their own?
Originally Posted by three rivers curly
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It's a slippery slope with all these issues. Many a man have been tricked/trapped. Some women HAVE gotten pregnant on purpose. That sucks - for all parties involved, especially the child. Thank goodness they are coming out with the male pill. Maybe between that and condoms, men will take/get a little more responsibility.

The bottom line, since only abstinence is 100% - if you play, you will pay. No matter the circumstances. No matter the womans right.
Originally Posted by 2happy
But, can men really be tricked when they know even if the woman says she is on birth control that it can still fail? Aren't they still agreeing to support a oopsie?
Originally Posted by internetchick
Exactly. Men always have the option to a) use a condom and b) only have sex if they understand that even with all the precautions in the world there is still a chance of pregnancy and a chance they could be asked for child support - no matter what the woman tells them. Why leave something that weighs so heavily on their future up to someone they don't even know? That's not very smart.
Originally Posted by Amneris
Agreed.

Both parties should take responsibility for contaception or the outcome of not using it. It's kind of annoying how contraception is nearly always made out to be the responsiblity of the woman.

Also if people are going to sleep with multiple partners they need barrier protection to protect them from the whole alphabet of diseases that are out there.
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if you play, you will pay. No matter the circumstances. No matter the womans right.
Originally Posted by 2happy
This is how I feel too.

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