A good response to the “sex is not consent to pregnancy, so abortion is OK” fallacy

I support the concept of men being responsible for the children they create.  I don’t support the one-sided pro-abortion argument that sex – with or without attempted birth control – is not consent to pregnancy, therefore women have the option to kill the children they created.  It is a lousy argument to begin with, but even if true then these radical feminists should be consistent and let the guys have the same choice to opt-out.  Don’t let pro-aborts get away with the inconsistency.  If they use that argument, ask if they also apply it to men.

Via If a Man Doesn’t Want to be a Father, He’s a Deadbeat; A Woman is Just Pro-Choice.

When arguing about abortion, I’ve seen a lot of people claim “sex isn’t a contract.” Other variations of this idea include:
·         Consent to A doesn’t mean consent to B (that is, consent to sex doesn’t mean consent to reproduction).
·         You clearly don’t consent to reproduce if you use birth control.
·         Sex is not a crime and shouldn’t be punished / Rights cannot be restricted unless there is a crime.
The problem is, when it comes to reproduction, these arguments only apply to women.
If a man gets a woman pregnant–be it his wife, girlfriend, affair, or one night stand–he is legally bound to provide support for that child. In other words, because the man participated in the child’s conception (because the man had sex), his rights are altered. It doesn’t matter if the man was only consenting to sex, and not to reproduction. It doesn’t matter if he used birth control. It doesn’t matter that sex isn’t a crime. He fathered the kid, so the law considers him responsible for the kid.
secularprolife2And the law takes a pretty hard line on the subject. Courts can require a father to pay child support based not just on what he earns, but on what courts believe he has the ability to earn. Child support obligations remain even if a father goes to prison, or declares bankruptcy. Even if he wants to terminate his parental rights (and therefore his parental responsibilities), the courts usually won’t allow it unless there is another adult prepared to adopt the child and take over that responsibility. And there are many methods for enforcing child support. A man’s tax refunds can be intercepted, his property seized, business or occupational license suspended, and in some states his driver’s license can be revoked. If he still fails to make payment, he can be held in contempt and given jail time.
In short, if a man has sex he runs the risk of being (rather tightly) legally bound to any new life he creates. . .
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4 thoughts on “A good response to the “sex is not consent to pregnancy, so abortion is OK” fallacy”

    1. Good one, Lindsay! You can also check out this article for a similar argument but from a different (legal) perspective [http://blog.secularprolife.org/2014/04/no-i-am-not-interested-in-punishing.html].

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