They're Calling it Male Abortion: Swedish Politicians Propose Paternal Disclaimer for Men Wishing to Opt Out of Parenting

March 7, 2016

It’s not just up to women to decide whether to have a baby or not, says the youth wing of Sweden’s Liberal Party. It has proposed granting expectant fathers the right to “legally abort” their unborn child up until the 18th week of pregnancy.

 

“Men should have an equal right to opt out of parenting and choose whether or not to become a parent,” Marcus Nilsen, chairman of the party’s youth wing West (LUF) told the Swedish Aftonbladet newspaper.

 

This means that men are proposed to have the right to disclaim paternity until the 18th week of pregnancy, as long as it’s possible for a woman to undergo the abortion procedure.

 

The suggested “legal abortion,” if chosen, would be irreversible and require the father in question to renounce all parental rights and duties, including the right to see his child once it has been born, should the mother decide to keep it. 

 

According to Nilsen, the original motion initially came from female members of LUF and was backed by the party wing. They believe there are many men who don’t dare to say they don’t want children, or suggest they wish to be excluded from parenthood when their partner becomes pregnant.

 

“There are endless examples of men who can’t even say whether they want to be involved in parenthood or how involved they want to be. It is important that men remain honest with themselves and their intentions. We see our proposal as a clear legal decision,” Nilsen said.

Story reported by RT: https://www.rt.com/news/334720-legal-male-abortion-sweden/

 

 

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