Wednesday, July 8, 2009

These Two Stopped Me in My Tracks...

File these two stories under "shameless." Both involve males and abortion. First, from Creative Minority Report, a blog on an article featured on Askmen.com : "An unplanned and unwanted pregnancy can dramatically affect an otherwise loving long-term relationship. Some men rejoice, but others simply aren’t ready to be fathers. If they discussed the possibility and specifics at the start of the relationship, he may hope she’s going to stick to the original plan and terminate the pregnancy. And she might -- but for some women, getting pregnant can start clocks ticking and make them suddenly want to be mothers, despite previous agreements." The article gives guys pointers on how to convince their knocked-up girlfriends to abort.

Blech... nothing like a nifty how-to on skipping out on responsibilities. I like how "an otherwise loving long-term relationship" mutates into a business transaction with an "original plan" and "previous agreements" once a woman gets pregnant. What happened to the love??? The article (which by the way, is penned by a woman), wraps with these words: " If...your woman decides to have the baby anyway, this does not mean you’re required to get married or move in together. You’ll probably want to provide for your child regardless, but if you’ve been clear about your intentions from the start, you are not obligated to contribute beyond what your conscience and the law expects of you. This was her decision, not yours, and the bulk of the responsibility is now hers. Prenatal pros: Take a moment to spell this out for her when she gives you the final decision; it may just sway her over to your side." Yes, because there's nothing like the threat of abandonment to persuade your pregnant beloved, in the most respectful way, of course, to help get you off the hook... and out of child support payments.

The second, is just downright creepy. Entitled "My First Abortion Party", it is written by a guy who's 22 year old friend "Maggie" throws a party to raise money to have her abortion. The party is packed full of sweaty dancers, "Prince" music and food, and in a weird twist, "Eli, the three-year-old son of one of the partygoers" The writer even makes note of the strangeness of his attendance: "Even though I thought the presence of a young child at an abortion party was a little bizarre, nobody else seemed to acknowledge (or care about) this contradiction. Instead, the rest of the guests just took turns fawning over him, exchanging high fives and swooshing him through the air. He, along with everyone else, was having a blast." A blast??? Sigh... sounds like the Twilight Zone.

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