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Is "Forced Fatherhood" Fair? FIU Professor Laurie Shrage on Her Controversial New York Times Op-Ed

Yesterday, a piece by FIU philosophy and women's and gender studies professor Laurie Shrage inspired quite the Twitstorm -- as well as one rebuttal, sure to be followed by more today.

Titled "Is Forced Fatherhood Fair?" and published Wednesday morning on the New York Times' philosophy blog "The Stone," Shrage's essay makes the case for an expanded definition of fatherhood and for giving men "more control" over whether they become parents.

In the United States, motherhood, she writes, is more or less optional:

[W]omen and girls have access to affordable and safe contraception and abortion services, and ... [to] programs [which] assist mothers in distress find foster or adoptive parents.

A man, on the other hand, has considerably fewer options if he accidentally impregnates a woman.

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Erica K. Landau