Monday, January 26, 2009

Abortion and paternity: choice and accountability

(Indebted to my daughter-in-law for this observation:)

Under the law, an unmarried man who fathers a child is required to pay for the child's support until the child reaches adulthood.

Under the law, an unmarried woman who decides to engage in sexual intercourse outside of marriage and who gets pregnant has a choice: she can kill the fetus -- without penalty.

Why does the law hold the man accountable for the consequence of his choice, but not the woman?

See my earlier post on the subject of abortion here.

UPDATE: An abortion doctor in Florida was late to an abortion, the infant was born alive, then put in a biohazard bag and thrown in the trash. The mother has filed a lawsuit, and the prosecutor is considering criminal charges.

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