Can someone help me write my editorial?  I want to say that fathers should not have a say in abortion cases--that it's the mother's decision only.I can't start my editorial. I dont know how.  Any...

Can someone help me write my editorial?  I want to say that fathers should not have a say in abortion cases--that it's the mother's decision only.

I can't start my editorial. I dont know how.  Any help?

Thank you.

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mstultz72 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As they say, "Possession is nine tenths of the law."

This maxim rings true when it comes to a woman and her body, though it is problematic when it comes to a mother and her child.  Certainly, a father or husband has no say when a woman wants to have a surgical procedure done (if that's how you see abortion), so why should she need his consent when scheduling an abortion.

However, if a mother is in her second or third trimester, and she is legally married, and the child's paternity can be proven, I do think a father may have some say in the matter.  These three factors are usually not the case in most abortion scenarios: most women who abort are single mothers who are in their first trimester and have not had a paternity test done on the child.

lfawley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You need to do some research both in terms of legal issues pertaining to mothers' rights to her own body as well as into the history of feminist theory and the right of a woman to determine what happens to her body. This is a hard thesis to defend because fathers do and should have some rights, but as they are not the ones who carry the child their rights are often neglected. The strongest point that you can make is that it is the woman's body and therefore she should have the most say into what happens to it. I think you might also offer some statistics related to men who abandon their children but these are hard to integrate as so much of this depends on the relationship between the two parents.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You should consider the opposite side of your argument in order to fully support your thesis.  A child is the product of two people--the mother being only one, and of course, the vital part since she nourishes, carries, and takes the responsibility for good pre-natal care of the fetus.  Abortion should not just be the mother's choice.  In fact, it shouldn't be the first choice ever.  The child didn't ask to be created, and it should be given a chance to live through adoption to good parents who want him or her.

That having been said, if abortion is the decision, the mother should have the power to make the choice alone in cases of rape. 

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If I were you, I would start it something like this:

In the United States, adults are expected to be responsible for themselves.  Americans do not need other people making their decisions for them.  In addition, after years and years of being dominated, women do not need men making their decisions for them.

I think that this would be a good way to start because you want to start an editorial with something that encourages your audience to agree with you from the start.  Everyone agrees that adults should make their own decisions and so, you can hope, this emphasis will encourage people to agree with your point of view.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You can make the argument that women are in physical control of their own bodies, and can make all medical decisions regarding their body in consultation with a physician.  You can also make the point by arguing the converse - Do men need their spouse's permission to have a vasectomy, or to have one reversed?

The men, while paternity may be proven, do not have to endure the medical risks of pregnancy, or the physical pain, discomfort and bodily changes that accompany it.  How can someone legally make a decision that requires another human being to endure these things, when the person making the decision does not?

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't totally agree with this thesis, since the same reasoning would conclude that since a child is born from the mother, then she alone should have complete control of "her" child. However, I do agree that abortion should be the woman's decision; hopefully women will consider the prospective father's input to some degree, but since the woman bears the responsibility of the childbirth, she should have the final say.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
It's a privacy issue. While it's nice to say that fathers have a right in whether or not the child lives to term, there is no way the child can live except in the mother's womb. This is a huge inconvenience and hardship on the woman more than the man. It's unfortunate, but true.