Exclusions from the Agenda for the 21st Century
|Methods which are deliberately excluded
from the Agenda
|It is useful to place proposals into
context. It is also useful to identify proposals that have been ejected
/ excluded from the Agenda, together with reasons for this.
|Exclusion - Choice For Men / C4M / Male Abortion
In the USA especially, there is a concept called "choice for
men" (and sometimes called "male abortion"). It has
no place in a coherent future system of child support, and should
be replaced by proposals & lobbies for the earliest available
of the next generation of male contraceptive, see Advances
in male contraception - overview.
Here is a "Choice For Men"
(C4M) - overview. It links to several other pages of analysis,
including a Commentary on the C4M FAQ.
|Exclusion - Primacy of "social parenting"
The UK uses bio-paternity, based where requested on paternity tests,
as the way of judging liability for child support. (There are obvious
exceptions such as adoption & and gamete donation). All "Western"
nations & states should adopt the same policy. They probably
will over the next decade or two, but some are looking backwards
not forwards, and need to get up-to-date and prepare for the 21st
Here is a summary of how the UK goes about Presuming
and establishing paternity.
|Exclusion - Automatic residence for fathers /
Sometimes it is proposed that rather than the higher earner paying
child support to someone who may be out-of-work, the higher-earner
should care for the child directly, since s/he (typically he) can
afford it. Sometimes it is simply proposed that fathers should have
This Agenda instead proposes shared residence, sex-neutrality,
|Exclusion - Proposals for abortion law
Abortion is very controversial. Laws differ significantly from
country to country. Women differ vastly in their views on having
abortions, with some feeling relatively little concerned, while
others reject the action for a range of personal (including moral
& religious) reasons.
This Agenda proposes that the child support system, including the
social conditions necesssary for it to work satisfactory, should
not rely on abortion. If abortion is used in addition, that is up
to those concerned. So "prevention is better than cure"
- the information & means of making the required choices should
be available before sex, and need to be used. This needs better
contraception, but also means that C4M, which introduces complications
& new information after conception, is also excluded.