11/05/2013 02:58 pm ET

Should Men Be Able to Opt Out of Fatherhood?


Over the weekend, Anna March wrote for Salon in favor of ending mandatory child support, in order to make fatherhood "a man’s choice."

The case in favor of male reproductive rights isn’t new: March’s argument picks up where Florida International University philosophy and gender studies professor Laurie Shrage left off in her New York Times editorial “Is Forced Fatherhood Fair?” from June. Shrage argued that if one believes that motherhood should be voluntary, and women shouldn’t be penalized for sexual activity by limiting the availability of birth control, abortion, adoption, and safe haven laws, then it’s only fair to extend the same rights to men.

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