Of all the defenses of elective abortion, the most abhorrent of all is that the child will be unwanted which subjects the child to possible abuse and neglect. Shouldn’t we expect parents to care for and not abuse or neglect their children whether they’re wanted or not? Why do we give a person who poses killing a child to be a reasonable alternative to caring for them any ear at all? Think about the kind of indoctrination that must happen in order to get a mother to abandon the natural urge to care for and nurture her offspring. What are we saying about the value of human life when we give validation to such an attitude?
As long as we’re giving credence to the idea that abortion is a viable alternative to having unwanted children, shouldn’t men have an option as well? If women can avoid all responsibilities associated with unwanted children such as the financial burdens and time and energy burdens, men should have the same opportunity. Equality, right?
I’m not suggesting that the fathers should have the legal ability to force the mother to abort their child. But maybe he should have the legal option of not being financially responsible for a child he doesn’t want. Why should the mother have all the control over whether the father must care for and support their child?
In a nutshell, if mothers can shirk the responsibilities that come with parenthood by taking the life of their child through elective abortion, shouldn’t fathers have the same ability to shirk the responsibilities as well? How could you argue otherwise if abortion is a legitimate alternative to having an unwanted child?