Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google over two decades ago. Since that time, it’s become a global tool used by people everywhere. Well, except people at The Washington Post, apparently.
Or at least that's the impression you get from an article they published. Written by Teri Carter, it's called, "Men who impregnate women don't face any consequences in new abortion bills." The piece focuses on pro-life proposals like the bill recently passed in Georgia, and it contains a lot of accusations. Facts?
Not so much.
After claiming to have "pored through" the legislation, Carter asks, "Where is the list of actions required, under penalty of law, for fathers? If life starts at conception, shouldn’t the father be required to pay for 50 percent of the medical bills incurred during pregnancy?"
Well, if she had actually read it, she'd know the Georgia bill explicitly lists a man's obligations. Not only must he help with the cost of pregnancy, his obligation doesn't necessarily stop at 50 percent:
Notwithstanding any provision of this Code section to the contrary, the maximum amount of support which the court may impose on the father of an unborn child under this Code section shall be the amount of direct medical and pregnancy related expenses of the mother of the unborn child.
And while she isn't clear on "the penalty" if he doesn't comply, the state of Georgia is: delinquents can face fines and jail time. Carter also wants to know if a woman can "claim the fetus on her taxes?" The answer is yes:
As used in this Code section, the term 'dependent' shall have the same meaning as in the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; provided, however, that any unborn child with a detectable human heartbeat, as such terms are defined in Code Section 1-2-1, shall qualify as a dependent minor.
Far from not facing consequences, the law ensures that fathers will be held accountable in ways that they currently aren't. However, there is something that helps lowlifes dodge their responsibilities.
If you're the kind of guy who uses women for sex, then you probably don't want to get stuck paying child support; that's why abortion comes in handy. Christian McQueen said as much, advising men that "if you get a slut pregnant, convince her to have an abortion." He's not the only one to say so, and you can find online guides on how to pressure a woman to abort:
You need to channel your inner cold, unforgiving, unapologetic asshole nature, as nothing less will suffice. You must not ask, but rather tell her to get an abortion because if she refuses this child will be a bastard. Explain to her in no uncertain terms that you will not be a father to this child. I would avoid personal shots of telling her she is unfit to be a mother because this could backfire on you, but make it clear that if she keeps the baby you will be opting out of fatherhood. Explain that while she may end up collecting the minimum in child support that the state can take from you, in no way will you participate in raising this kid or being a father to it. To instill the seriousness of your message, add that you will refuse any efforts in the future to include you in the child’s life.
Of course a study published in the British Medical Journal found that women who abort are at a higher risk for suicide; that doesn't seem to be a concern.
But abortion isn't just useful for avoiding child support--it's also a way to stay out of jail. A Canadian man was able to keep abusing his stepdaughter by bringing her in for 2 abortions before she turned 13. His crimes only came to light when he was caught assaulting another girl.
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You can find plenty of similar victims in the US as well. Timothy Smith's 13-year-old stepdaughter was one; Smith took her to a Denver-area Planned Parenthood facility after getting her pregnant. Colorado’s Department of Human Services warns that it's a sign of abuse when a child under 14 “becomes pregnant or contracts a venereal disease,” but staff weren't concerned: one later admitted under oath that “being thirteen and pregnant alone is not a red flag” there. And thanks to the cover-up abortion they performed, Smith was able to keep raping her for months.
In her article, Teri Carter says there isn't "a single line in any of these new abortion bills" that would hold "impregnators" accountable. A simple Google search would have shown her otherwise. Because the truth is, pro-lifers aren't the ones letting irresponsible and abusive men off the hook.
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