"Choice For Men" (C4M), also known as "male abortion"
See: Commentary on the C4M FAQ (Commentary on Frequently Asked Questions About "Choice for Men")
Choice For Men (C4M) is a proposal to change the law to allow a man to make a legally effective, binding, statement to a woman who is newly pregnant with a foetus conceived by him:
It would enable the man to be secure that, if she carried the foetus to term, he would have no legal rights or responsibilities for the child. In particular, he could never be liable for child support, whether through courts or through an agency such as the CSA. This may sound like a stereotypical "deadbeat dad" proposal. In fact, it is very different, both in origins & in implications. Anyone who displays such a knee-jerk reaction to C4M is missing the point.
C4C can be opposed on a number of grounds. I believe it stands no chance of ever being implemented in the UK. I suspect it will never be implemented anywhere in the "Western World". But it deserves serious discussion, and the underlying issues will eventually be solved in other ways that will transform the relationships between men & women for ever. The basis of the C4M proposal is the assumption is that conception has occurred. If men can ensure that conception doesn't happen, then they can't be "tricked or trapped into parenthood", except in certain cases that should be dealt with separately. "Prevention is better than cure". C4M is in urgent need of addressing this fundamental principle of how to make things work better! It would be better to achieve "every child a wanted child".
Some underlying issues
A major difference between this case & "deadbeat dads" is that at the time of the man's decision, there is no child, just a foetus. To some women, this makes no difference - they simply wouldn't have an abortion in these circumstances, and so the child will be born. To others, abortion is a quite acceptable form of post-sex birth-control, in which case if the child is never born the man is not a dad, so can't be a "deadbeat dad".
Opposition to C4M
Men, women and taxpayers (these are not mutually exclusive!) should be opposed to C4M:
It is pretty clear that C4M will never be implemented at currently defined in the UK. But its arguments are worth examining because they show some issues that do need to be addressed, albeit in different ways.
The solution will certainly include the availability of high quality male contraceptives. This should be the last generation in "the Western world" when a significant proportion of children born were not wanted, or at least accepted, by both man & woman at time of sex.
This will change the relationship between men & women:
However, there may be an "arms race"!
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