"Redefining Fatherhood"
The Ted Fishman essay "Redefining Fatherhood" deals with the limited rights possessed by the unwed father. The mother has the right to receive an abortion without any regards as to the father's feelings on the procedure. The mother also has the right to leave the father's name off of the birth certificate. If the child is put up for adoption , the unwed father only has thirty days to challenge it. These limited rights can sometimes leave an unknowing father's child in the custody of absolute strangers .
Should a father have the right to stop the mother from receiving an abortion ? No, the difficult decision of aborting the fetus must be left to the discretion of the woman. Never should a man have the power to dictate what a woman can or can not do with her body. The father should, if possible, have the right to order counseling for the mother before the abortion. The counseling would afford the father a chance to express his views on the abortion, while the mother would receive help during a traumatic time. The short time in which a woman can have an abortion would make this hard to implement. This, if feasible, should be the only way in which the father has any say in a females abortion.
Should the mother have the right to leave the father's name off of the child's birth certificate ? No, the father's name should be required to be on the child's birth certificate. This would make it easier to locate the father in case the baby was put up for adoption. The mother
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should not have the power to exclude the father from the child's life. A few father's may want to be left off the birth certificate to keep from having to pay child support . This is one more reason it should be required that both parents names are on the certificate. In the event that the identity of the father is unknown, then every possible attempt should be made in trying to identifying him. Making it a law that both parents names be on the birth certificate would lower the incidences of children being adopted without one of the parents being aware of it.
In closing, should unwed parents have equal rights concerning the welfare of the child? Both parents should have equal rights when concerning the custody of the child, but the issue of abortion should be left up to the female. The father should be able to prevent his child from being adopted by complete strangers, even if the mother has already agreed to the adoption. If one parent waives their right to custody, then the other parent should be given custody of the child. After a parent waives their right to custody, they should not be allowed to regain it. It takes two people to create a child, and both of those people should have equal rights concerning custody.





































"Redefining Fatherhood"
The Ted Fishman essay "Redefining Fatherhood" deals with the limited rights possessed by the unwed father. The mother has the right to receive an abortion without any regards as to the father's feelings on the procedure. The mother also has the right to leave the father's name off of the birth certificate. If the child is put up for adoption , the unwed father only has thirty days to challenge it. These limited rights can sometimes leave an unknowing father's child in the custody of absolute strangers .
Should a father have the right to stop the mother from receiving an abortion ? No, the difficult decision of aborting the fetus must be left to the discretion of the woman. Never should a man have the power to dictate what a woman can or can not do with her body. The father should, if possible, have the right to order counseling for the mother before the abortion. The counseling would afford the father a chance to express his views on the abortion, while the mother would receive help during a traumatic time. The short time in which a woman can have an abortion would make this hard to implement. This, if feasible, should be the only way in which the father has any say in a