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Monday, August 07, 2006

The End of Roe v. Wade For Men

Back in March Fumare reported on the efforts of Matthew Dubay--the man who argued he should not have to pay child support because of his alleged constitutional right not to beget children.

Recently Judge David Lawson dispatched Dubay's claim in granting the public and intervening defendants' motions to dismiss. For his efforts, Dubay was also ordered to pay the Attorney General's attorney fees.

Perhaps the common sensical explanation given for the court's dismissal was this:

"[T]he plaintiff has failed to demonstrate in even the most remote way that state action plays a role in the interference with his choice to reject parenthood. The consequences of sexual intercourse have always included conception, and the State has nothing to do with this historical truism.
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The reproductive consequences of his actions were imposed by the operation of nature, not statute."

Hard to argue with that.

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