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Should a man have the right to walk away from fatherhood completely if it was never something he wanted?

Should a man have the right to walk away from fatherhood completely if it was never something he wanted?

Today on the show we spoke about the repeal the 8th referendum. We heard from so many people with opinions on it ranging from women who have had abortions, men who have regretted their partner having an abortion and people’s views on repealing the 8th in general.

Near the end of the show we got a very interesting text on the subject with respect to equality.

Have a listen to it:

Niall, if a mother can make a decision to rid her unwanted baby… surely a man should be able to make a decision not to be a dad… after a child is born. Is it only women who have a choice? The dad would be a dead beat dad in my eyes, but what about equality?

I thought it raised an interesting debate on the rights of Father’s, or in this case the right to not want to be a Father.

On today’s show and for the next couple of months we will hear the repeal side say that a woman should have the choice on whether or not she wants to be a mother.

I don’t have an opinion on that, as I have already stated – but does a man get the same choice.

Let’s say a woman decided she wants to keep her baby but the man doesn’t want to be a father. Does he have the right to walk away?

By walk away I mean simply have no input into the child’s life, pay no maintenance and just pretend he didn’t father a child.

I know it takes two to tango and some people will say if he was capable and willing to jump into bed and do the deed then he should deal with the consequences – meaning the fact that he will now be a father.

But if a woman can have a choice about being a mother, shouldn’t a father have the same choice?

I don’t want to talk about repeal tonight – I want to talk about a different side of it – the father not wanting to be a father.

So I want to know what you think –

Should a man have the right to walk away from fatherhood completely if it was never something he wanted?

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