Just a quick little round-up, one day’s fishing, of examples of a woman’s control over a man’s reproduction, or in one case, her power to force him to subsidize her reproductive choices for children that are not even his, a little “bird in the back yard” exercise. I didn’t have to look far at all.
Montana ignoring rights of fathers by requiring husband’s name on birth certificates
Apparently Montana requires the husband’s name go onto a birth certificate regardless of the actual paternity of the child, however obvious it may be that the father is some other man. Even DNA tests are not recognized as proof of paternity.
It’s obvious how this empowers the mother at the expense of the father. As the article points out, the mother is empowered to force paternity on the father even when the child was conceived through infidelity. It gives a wife license to get pregnant by whomever she chooses and her husband no choice but to raise the child. Of course even divorce will not free him from responsibility for his wife’s child.*
Arizona – a woman dupes a man into thinking he’s the father and now he can’t repudiate it
This is a case where a woman got pregnant, convinced her boyfriend he was the father, and by the time he found out the truth the statute of limitations to change the birth cert had run out. Oopsie. And of course this in the context of a legal regime where the mother can dismiss the father entirely from his child’s life – leave the state with him if she chooses, easily get Temporary Protective Orders, one after another, just by claiming to be in fear, any number of arts and crafts the law affords her. That’s some patriarchal oppression, that is
Louisiana – Sperm-jacking, which we all know is a complete myth
In this case it’s no myth, and there’s no question of the father and mother having sex resulting in a pregnancy, because in this case the woman just got a sperm bank to give her his sperm which he had deposited there. She had no claim to it; they just gave it to her. Oh, and of course because he didn’t even know of the pregnancy or that the child even existed – because the mother concealed that from him, failed to inform him – he has played no role in the child’s life, so he’s on very shaky ground if he tries to get any of his parental rights recognized. On the other hand the mother will have no such problem getting his parental responsibilities recognized. And DNA tests run only one way, to establish his duties but not his rights. As the article at Fathers and Families points out, when it comes to his parental rights nurture in the form of the mother rules, but when it comes to his parental duties nature rules.
Edited to add:
Green shoots – West Virginia judge reverses a decision and voids CS payments where parental rights have been voided
“”PARKERSBURG – A circuit judge has ruled a Wood County family law judge erred in ordering a Parkersburg man to support a child who’s no longer his.
Judge J.D. Beane on Jan. 22 granted Larry Ryan’s writ of prohibition against Judge Brian C. Dempster. In his writ, Ryan argued Dempster usurped his authority by making him pay child support for a daughter from whom the state severed his parental rights two years ago.”
There is not much left to comment on here. This is a good, sane and sensible decision. I don’t remember the specific cases, but this kind of thing seesm to be becoming a trend in this region. Examples appreciated.
* Changed. see comments for discussion.
- The Woman Card - May 2, 2016
- Frat boy bachelorettes and the invasion of gay bars - April 15, 2016
- “Not my kid….” - February 22, 2016