“Allow men to compel the women they impregnate to bring their children to term”

Yup, that’s what psychiatrist Keith Ablow wrote (admittedly for Fox):

“It’s time to give men their due as fathers—from the moment of conception. Allow men who want to be fathers, and who could be good parents, to compel the women they impregnate to bring their children to term.”

And he thinks this is fair enough because:
“I am absolutely certain that no woman needs to become pregnant who wishes not to become pregnant.”

I did have a student once who made the above claim. But he was the guy who thought one could guarantee contraception by putting rubber bands around the condom. And even he (unlike Ablow) excluded rapes from his claim. And he backed down very quickly as objections were raised.

Thanks, K!

8 thoughts on ““Allow men to compel the women they impregnate to bring their children to term”

  1. Than I want men I desire to be forced to impregnate me ! (I’ll be on the pill, they won’t know, but that way I’ll get all the sex I want with the men I want to have sex with, and it will pass as just asking for fairness, not as quasi rape …)

  2. Well the natural follow on to this is women should stop providing sex to men who might compel them to bear a child. I do believe that men such as Keith Ablow need to become very friendly … intimate actually …. with their hand.

  3. The fact that Keith Ablow is a ‘member of the Fox News Medical A-Team” speaks volumes for the quality of Fox’s content. Inmates running the asylum, indeed.

    What interests me is the Ablow (a right-wing anti-abortion crusader) is fine with limiting women’s autonomy to HAVE abortions based on men’s rights, but makes no claim the other direction. If men can ‘veto’ the right to have an abortion, shouldn’t they also ‘veto’ the decision to have a child by forcing an abortion a woman?

    The man is a lunatic, pure and simple. I believe he is also the kook who claimed that psychotherapy and prayer could have ‘helped’ Chaz Bono.

  4. Sorry, I missed a word or two. What I meant to say was:

    “If men can ‘veto’ the right to have an abortion, shouldn’t they also BE ABLE TO ‘veto’ the decision to have a child by forcing an abortion a woman?”

  5. I whole heartedly agree with Fiona re: the
    men like Albow needing to become intimate with their hands, the five finger shuffle ought to be quite easy to “pull off” if they can possibly manage to simultaneously shuffle their five brain cells at the same time!

  6. Unlike men who are socially allowed to roam and wander off from their familial responsibilities, our bodies are consumed by pregnancy, our financial gain is then restrained by the unbearable second class burden of being a woman & now pregnant, and then our second class life position is then put behind a child’s best well-being for the next 18 years and beyond….Men should step up by providing equitable legislation and enforcement of that legislation instead of providing the double standards for men over women that are often socially inequitable. Men have no rights in a womens pregnancy unless he agrees to adopt the child without holding the women responsible for child support.

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