It seems some men are feeling left out by the heated debate over women’s reproductive rights. Last week, a men’s rights group filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Michigan to seek the right to decline fatherhood. The suit, which its backers have dubbed “Roe v. Wade for men,” addresses the issue of male reproductive rights, contending that lack of such rights violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause. The overall issue of men’s rights may have merit, but in this case, any supposed gains would come at the expense of the rights of women and well-being of society as a whole. Attempts to address perceived gender inequalities against men should not come at the expense of others.
The concept of allowing a father to opt out of parental obligations must be viewed in broader context than just the rights of the man.