The question of men’s roles in raising children and their right to financially free themselves from parenthood has been raised by Australian writer Catherine Deveny over the weekend, who wrote for the ABC, “as a feminist, I support men being able to opt out of fatherhood early in a pregnancy via what is known as a financial abortion.”
Expanding on the controversial topic, Deveny continued, “I believe a woman should not be forced to become a mother any more than a man should be forced to become a father. If a man has not said, “I want to have a child with you now-ish”, it is fair to assume he doesn’t, and therefore should be able to legally withdraw from becoming a parent,” adding, “It would also be less traumatic for children, and more empowering for women.”
The article also explored the logistics, potential benefits, and the social stigmas involved with carrying out such a decision.
The concept of financial abortion is a fairly simple one. Legally, it would entitle men who had previously stated their unwillingness to become a parent to cut all financial ties and forfeit all rights and responsibilities with the child and mother within the early stages of the pregnancy.
No birthday parties, no report cards in the school bag, no second weekends spent at dad's house.
Assuming that the adults live in a country in which access to abortion is safe, legal and affordable, Deveny reasons, "the litmus test is simple: Is it fair for people to be forced to become parents against their wishes? If it's not fair for a woman to be forced to bear a child or have an abortion, it follows it's not fair for a man to be forced to become a parent."