Child Support from Unwilling Fathers
Webcast Q&A: 19 June 2011, Question 3
I answered a question on child support from unwilling fathers on 19 June 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
Should a man unwilling to be a father have to pay child support? Suppose that a man and a woman have sex, and the woman becomes pregnant – even though the couple used contraception based on a shared and expressed desire not to have children. If the woman decides to raise the baby, should she be able to collect child support from the man? What if they'd never discussed the possibility of pregnancy? What if they didn't use any form of birth control?
My Answer, In Brief: Men should become fathers by choice, just as women should become mothers by choice.
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