ANSWERS: 24
  • Every once in a while someone goes to court to take the position that a man should have this right. As of today, as far as I know, not one man has gotten past the initial stages of action. I don;t think that any have made it to a trial. I shall do further research on this interesting and very important question. OK, Here's the result of my "research." The laws that have survived legal challenge have basically required notice to the fathers, but, even here, there are all kinds of exceptions and judicial by-passes. The latter enables the women to bi-pass notifying the father if the court recognizes sufficient reasons for doing so. But on the naked question of a father's ability to block the woman's right to an abortion, the answer is NO
  • That's... interesting. I have no idea. I would be fascinated to know what you find out, if you get an answer, please.
  • I think he should, he played an equal part in the conception...but that's just my opinion. I really don't think (I do not know for sure) that, when it comes to the courts, he has any rights, and I feel it's wrong. If a woman does not want a child, she can give him/her up after birth. If she does not want a pregnancy, she should take extra precautions (and see that the man does as well) to see it does not happen. I realize that even despite precautions, it can still happen, but a pregnancy only lasts nine months...after which the father can be given custody or someone who really wants children and are unable to have them. I know this answer is going to be unpopular, but popularity is hardly the function of this forum and these are my views. :-)
  • YES, I think anyone who made the baby should have the right to an opinion and both people views need to be heard. If you dont want to have a baby, there are ways to prevent that, quit using abortion for a birth control method.
  • Unfortunately, the answer to this is no. Since the child is inside the woman she gets her "choice" the man's opinion is irrelevant. Despite the fact that half of the child's DNA is his, all of the "choice" is hers.
  • yes he does, to a certain extent...after all it is ur body, however, u were both there when the baby was concieved, and thus u should both have a say as to whether to terminate the pregnancy or not
  • Depends where you live...if you are a guy in the US you're basically screwed (pardon the pun) see www://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paternal_rights_and_abortion
  • I do not know what to say. I would not want my wife to terminate her pregnancy. But I know that ultimately it is going to be up to her.
  • The laws that have survived legal challenge have basically required notice to the fathers, but, even here, there are all kinds of exceptions and judicial by-passes. The latter enables the women to bi-pass notifying the father if the court recognizes sufficient reasons for doing so. But on the naked question of a father's ability to block the woman's right to an abortion, the answer is NO
  • Absolutely not unless he has a good argument which will hold up in court such as the mother being unfit to make that decision. I think that I as the father would be grateful if the woman I made pregnant were kind enough to accept my input but legally I should have no right to stop her. It is her body. If the woman has basically "lost her mind" and cannot make a reasonable decision I could see the case for an exception with the court's authorization. I think abortion is a major "cop-out". It has been used as a form of "after-the fact" birth control and it shouldn't be. The best way to fix the problem isn't to ban it though as it will just go underground but to change how people think and have them choose on thier own not to abort.
  • no a husband cannot stop a abortion but i think they should i mean a womans body is her body but the male may want to take responsablity for the child thats great she should give the baby a chance
  • I don't think he does, but he should, especially if he is willing to look after the child (when she is clearly not willing to do so). It takes two to tango, and two should decide.
  • Legally, the FATHER of the child has no right or say in the matter. This should be changed, I believe.
  • I don't believe a man has the right to decide whether or not a women has an abortion it is her body. If he wants her to have an abortion, and she does and she can no longer have children, how is that far? He took the risk through sleeping with unprotected Whether or not he thought she was the on the pill or whatever, he took a risk. We should not play God.
  • tremblay v daigle! no he does not have the right
  • No, the husband does not have the right to dispute an abortion. Spousal notification was struck down in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. It's a zero-sum game. If it comes down to a situation where the presumptive father and mother disagree, only one person's viewpoint can prevail. (Unlike Schroedinger's cat, fetuses can't be simultaneously alive and dead.) I firmly believe that the person whose body is most intimately involved with the pregnancy process (the woman, obviously) should be the one whose viewpoint trumps.
  • Unfortunately no, however I believe that the man should have the right to claim the right to keep his child alive, if the woman is wanting to abort (and not for life or death reasons either) and then get full custody over the child when it's born (if mother is not interested). Fertilized egg contains life, it's already become a person and the father has the right to protect his offsprings (when born) but because the government views fetuses as worth little and not humans until born, hence the fathers are stripped of that right.
  • I think the father should have the right to dispute the mother's decision to have an abortion but I haven't heard of any case that succeeded. The only downside I can see if it were allowed is what if the father tried to force the mother to have an abortion by going to court if she refused to have one. The issue could cut both ways. Much of the problem is because abortion is too readily used as a means of birth control (not a new thing though, it was popular in the 1850's in the USA and in ancient Rome in its dying days, just to name a couple of examples)
  • I don't think he legally has the right, but I feel he should. It's his baby too.
  • he has no right, but I think the father should have a choice if he is willing to keep the child, but he should have no right to say the child should be aborted if the mother wants to keep it. Its a harsh world I guess.
  • No, but it's a great reason to get a divorce and replace her.
  • I think any husband would be all over terminating that sucker :P
  • Sadly, no. But, he has the right to divorce her sorry a**.
  • I said it once and ill say it again. Its his baby too. If he wants it...she should have it. They always complain "OH IT TAKES 2 TO MAKE THIS BABY"...So exactly, he has equal rights also, its his baby. Anybody that doesnt have that child for a man that wants to take care of it....is nothing but a murderer, of a child that is wanted, and could be taken care of, and live a happy loved life. I get so heated when I think of selfish women. "oh my body"...well what about the child..."Oh, yeah...its ok mom, your just ending my life."

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