The issue is bigger than Mississippi. Presidential candidate Herman Cain also supports banning all abortion. Obviously, a thousand sticky threads hang from this behometh, but I'm going to pull on the one that hasn't gotten a lot of press: Daddyhood.
The last time abortion was illegal in the United States, paternity was a dodgy thing. An unwed pregnant woman was often on her own, particularly if she was a certain kind of girl. A man could simply deny the baby was his.
I swear, Dad, I never laid a hand on her. I swear.
Who knows with a girl like that?
Hey, I paid for it. The rest is her problem.
You'd be surprised how many "good girls" fielded that kind of talk as soon as they were in a family way. Back then, owning up to the pivotal question, "Who is responsible for this girl?" was basically a matter of honor.
Well gentlemen, that has changed. Today's paternity tests are cheap and fast. Pregnant women can verify paternity as early as ten weeks into pregnancy. I have no idea how many women request it now, but if safe effective birth control and abortion are made illegal, I suspect paternity testing will go through the roof. Legally forcing men to submit to their end of the test cannot be far behind.
I'd like all you boys out there to stand up and say "mandatory DNA test" out loud.
Whether the blessed event unfurled in a bordello or nuptial bed, I believe paternity will soon loom large and that a man will be legally and financially bound to parenthood as soon as the two pink lines make it so. Obligation and responsibility will no longer be the right thing to do, they'll be mandatory. Soon, men will be just as pregnant as women in every aspect but the physical one.
I can hear it already.
It's about time.
A man should be responsible for his actions.
Praise the lord!
Yeah, yeah. We'll see how fervent those cries are when the real implications of fatherhood without options or escape take hold.
So then, gentlemen, congratulations. You're expecting.
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