WATERCOOLER: Should men be given 'legal abortion' rights?
MEN'S current options when it comes to contraception are either to use condoms or, for a permanent solution, undergo a vasectomy. There is also a male version of the contraceptive pill due to become available.
But politicians in Sweden have proposed another option involving a swift signature on a piece of paper: Male abortion.
The youth wing of Sweden's Liberal Party wants expectant fathers to be able to "legally abort" their unborn child up until 18 weeks gestation - the country's cut off point for physical abortions.
Marcus Nilsen, chairman of the party's youth wing West (LUF) told the Aftonbladet newspaper, "Men should have an equal right to opt out of parenting and choose whether or not to become a parent.
"There are endless examples of men who can't even say whether they want to be involved in parenthood or how involved they want to be. It is important that men remain honest with themselves and their intentions," says Nilsen.
Male abortion would be a legal decision, allowing unwilling fathers to relinquish parental responsibilities for their unborn child. The decision would render them without future rights to see the child, and alleviate them of providing financial support.
The youth wing claim that their concept of male abortion is a feminist policy that will provide equality for the sexes and allow expectant mothers to know whether their child's father will support the child or not.
The youth wing has previously proposed radical policies, such as legalising necrophilia and consensual incest. Along with these, their latest proposal has been firmly rejected by the Liberal Party's central office but has sparked debate in the country.
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Izzy Styles: "It seems that would work alright in Sweden where they have a really high quality of life and lots of government support, but if you think about other countries, if it was just the mother left to pay for the child to survive it would be very, very difficult. There's positives and negatives to it.
I think the main idea behind it, is that it would discourage certain women from getting pregnant simply for the child support they would receive. I know a few 'ladies' who have gotten pregnant on purpose to trap men into paying child support."
Sami Munslow: "Not a physical abortion, a legal one where the male does not have to be the father (i.e. pay child support, be part of the childs life) if he doesn't want to be."
Meighan Martyn: "Equal rights, right? I think that's fair. Women want more rights, why can't men?"
Manda Devine: "No baby is being killed it's the father walking away and having nothing to do with the child!!! So what the tax payers then become the dad??? Does the mothers payments get affected from Centrelink or will she get full payments as the father don't care???"
Wendy Monaghan: "The only issue I have with this is that men get out of a pregnancy via signing a bit of paper, whereas for a women there is far greater physical and mental issues to deal with. Apart from that I don't think its such a bad idea."
Vanessa Lisa: "Wooooooah! I can hear the can of worms opening as I type this! paternity testing will always be a grey area, so I'm assuming this would cause some issues and can paternity tests be done very early on?"
Vanessa Mercer: "It's going to be really interesting to see how many people actually read this article before commenting. Gonna need lots of popcorn for this one."