Last night, while enjoying wine and a nice dinner, I happened to read a news article out of Alabama that made me flip my noodle a bit. It seems that last month, 19 year old Ryan Magers sued the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives, an abortion clinic in Madison County. Mr. Magers was evidently perturbed that two years ago, his girlfriend aborted their six week old fetus, despite his repeated requests that she continue the pregnancy. His response was to bring legal action against the clinic where the abortion was done without his consent.
Magers petitioned Madison County’s probate court to allow him to represent the aborted fetus’s estate. Amazingly, Probate Judge Frank Barger granted the petition, which means that Magers can sue on behalf of the fetus. Of course, since the fetus did not leave behind a spouse, real property, or a will, I’m not sure exactly what Magers hopes to gain from this, other than some dimwitted judge’s stamp of approval that a developing fetus is a person with rights that equal those of a person who has been born. According to the second article I linked, it’s possible that Judge Barger didn’t even realize that he was granting these rights to a six week old fetus.
This isn’t the first time such a stunt has been pulled in Alabama. Back in 2014, Alabama legislators passed a law that would allow lawyers to represent fetuses in cases where minors wanted to have abortions. Fortunately, that law was struck down by a wiser federal judge in 2017.
My comment about this case was this:
Utter nonsense. I hope his girlfriend broke up with him and no one else ever fucks him. He deserves to be celibate.
A male friend of Bill’s (and mine) asked if I thought Magers shouldn’t have access to the courts simply because I disagreed with him. Actually, I never said anything of the sort. I didn’t make any comment about whether or not he has the “right” to sue. I just think this case is ridiculous and potentially dangerous, and I find it appalling that a judge would allow the rights of a potential person to supersede those of people who have already been born. Moreover, it really disturbs me that so many men think they should have the right to force a woman to stay pregnant. If things keep going the way they’re going, pregnant women are going to wind up under house arrest to make sure they do nothing that will put their developing fetuses at risk. It’s sickening. Indeed, in another article, Mr. Magers is quoted:
“I’m here for the men who actually want to have their baby,” Magers told WAAY 31. “I believe every child from conception is a baby and deserves to live.”
Perhaps Mr. Magers would be better suited to find someone compatible with whom he can have “his baby”. I’m sure there’s a woman out there who wouldn’t mind having a child with him, despite his disturbing ideas about forcing women to birth. I think that’s where his efforts should go, rather than having unprotected sex with women who aren’t ready to be parents.
Our country is becoming more and more bizarre by the day, with men who are hellbent on forcing women to birth babies they aren’t prepared to care for. I’ve seen all kinds of ridiculous claims about abortion, even some that compare abortion to slavery. Hell, if anyone is a slave in a pregnancy situation, it’s the mother-to-be. She must do everything she can for the developing fetus as well as put up with non-stop comments and judgments from the public at large.
Bill’s friend apparently deleted his comment before I could directly reply to it, but I was so fired up I had to say something. So I posted this:
For those of you who wonder about my thoughts on the “father’s” rights… first off, in this case, it was an early abortion. Secondly, whether it was an early or late abortion, it’s not his body, health, finances, or life on the line. She was quick to have the abortion, which I think was ultimately more responsible than waiting. Of course, the most responsible thing to do would have been not to have sex with him at all, which I think is what HE deserves, since he took no precautions and clearly thinks he has the right to dictate what his girlfriends do with their bodies. To all who are curious about “his rights”, I say that when he can get pregnant, I will care. At this point, I really don’t. And I hope his case goes down the proverbial shitter and he has the sex life of an agoraphobic eunuch for the rest of his days. Clear enough?
I don’t know how I was inspired to wish the sex life of an agoraphobic eunuch on Mr. Magers. As I have mentioned before, I’m not very religious. In fact, I had never even heard of eunuchs until I was in college. A college friend of mine commented that a slightly built man we both knew, who had a habit of wearing tight pants that should have outlined his junk, appeared to be a eunuch. I remember being confused by that until I looked up “eunuch” in the dictionary. Indeed, an agoraphobic eunuch would not be getting any play at all.
This morning, I’m still sitting here laughing about it… an “agoraphobic eunuch”. If I ever do start my fiction blog, I will have to make a character out of that. I’m glad it’s almost time for the third season of The Handmaid’s Tale.