What about Men’s Rights?

We have heard and are familiar with Roe vs. Wade. We are familiar with the implication behind that unfortunate decision. You can turn your head at 56 million American citizens that are not alive and breathing and go and get your coffee for the day and forget about it, but there is a cold hard fact that needs to be swallowed about the abortion debate. Men in the United States do not have rights when it comes to abortion and their children. Fathers do not need to be notified if their wife/girlfriend is going through the abortion process. We talk about rights–women’s rights, but how is it that men do not have rights at all in the matter of abortion? Did the woman, herself, ‘create’ the baby? Without the man, the baby would not have come to be. How is it that they do not have rights? In the US, father does not have the right to stop the abortion of the child he helped create. The mother has the final say. How is this biblical? I know that abortion is unbiblical, but I want to take it a step further and call the woman’s actions unbiblical. The man is head of the house period. When women over step their bounds they are distorting God’s intended purpose.
For all the men who are reading this please consider these court cases that are very much less familiar to the average reader:  Planned Parenthood of Central Missouri v. Danforth 1976 (upheld in 1988),  Conn. v. Conn 1988, and Casey v. Planned Parenthood in 1992. According to the courts, women notifying the fathers of the children in the womb, have an “undue burden” on them to share THEIR abortion decision. The largest argument that won this case was this: Abuse. The court did not want the women to go back to a possible situation of abuse from the father of the child. So men, the courts think you will abuse your child’s mother…not the minority of you….the majority of you will physically and psychologically abuse your child’s mother if they told you their plan on having an abortion…and now men do not have the right to choose whether their baby gets chopped up or vacuumed out…much less know about it. What about men’s rights? They don’t exist. It is “unconstitutional.” I hope this encourages men and women to seriously consider the importance of men’s and women’s roles. These decisions undermine men’s responsibilities over their families. Men will be held primarily accountable before God with what happens to their family. Women need to stand down and let the men do what they need to do. Who was deceived first? Eve…woman.
As Paul says, “For Adam was formed first, then Eve;  and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.” 1 Timothy 2:13-14 ESV. But who was called to take account for these actions? Adam. Genesis 3:9-11 “But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”  He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”
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About Nicole Leaman

Nicole Leaman is a wife and mother of two daughters. With a degree in Criminal Justice, she actively blogs about social matters regarding women and culture.

3 thoughts on “What about Men’s Rights?

  1. I agree with the lack of men’s rights in this country unsettling and it is very informative to learn that abuse was a factor in men’s separation from the decision process, but with the separation of church and state, your reasoning for laws needs to go deeper than God said so. While I feel like you did that on many levels, and completely respect your right to feel that way, I also feel that it makes it more difficult to make the following logical argument.

    According to the equality of people and the idea that we as a society do away with discrimination, thus the idea of men’s rights, is completely double sided when it comes to children and specifically abortion. If the woman wants an abortion, the fetus is a thing, not a person, for her to choose to get rid of. If she decides to keep it, then the baby is a person, and deserves the support of the father. It is because the child is not a thing, and a person, that the father has no rights in the upbringing of the baby through child support. I think an interesting perspective would be, is that since it is completely the female choice, that men should not be help responsible for it financially, leaving it up to the woman to only mate with men she trusts will help raise the child. Or, poetentially, creating a law that requires there be a notification to the father that would result as if both agree, then the two raise the child together. If the mother doesn’t want it, and the father does, and there is no complications, then he alone gets custody and is responsible. If the mother alone wants it, she alone has responsibility. And if both parents want the abortion, then and only then should it be legal.

    Couple of intereting things I researched a long time ago, the first being that women are given custody in divorce so often because of traditional gender roles, though if in any other area you bring up such ideas, they are considered sexist. Even judges have gone on record saying that women are better parents, including female judges who allowed their own experience with children to be a qualifier, when the justice system is supposed to be blind beyond the principles of law. The second is that the judges from Roe v Wade are coming out saying that there was presidential pressure coming down to pass abortion rights as a means of population control of minorities. Planned Parenthood was founded to sterilize undesireable traits to create a master race and was a pro nazi supporter in the 30’s. The abortion argument really stems from some nasty places.

  2. I believe that men, all on their own, have managed to undermine their responsibilities to their families. And, as a woman, if I “stood down” and waited around for a man to what he was supposed to do, my son and I would not have survived.

    The courts give the woman the final say because of the proven fact that men can always walk away. Mother’s can not. Even if a father is forced to pay a monthly sum in the form of child support, they are not required to physically be present for their child.

    Abortion is unpleasant. But, I will always believe in a woman’s right to choose. Hopefully, I didn’t sound too vitriolic. That was not my intention.

    1. People never have the right to murder someone else’s child. No woman in the world has the right to murder a man’s child, even if that man is her husband. How can you call yourself a Christian and condone murder?

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