I think that comparing abortion with abandoning parental responsibility is an apples and oranges job, because at the time that the abortion takes place, the fetus is treated as a non-person, so it's all about the mothers rights, but by the the baby is born, it is a person, so it's all about the rights of the child.
And the child has a right to family, both mother and father. It's about the child's right to have a father not your right to not have a child.
What I am curious though is whether adoption is handled equally.
Does a woman have an absolute right to give her child up for adoption? Surely, the fact that a child has a right to a family might temper that?
Let's say for example, a baby was born of a couple who'd had a one night stand and then broken up. The mother decides she doesn't want the baby and announces that she will give the baby up for adoption.
The father comes forward at that point, says that he is against adoption, and that he will raise the child himself (and will take any necessary DNA tests to prove parenthood).
Surely at this point, the child's right to family will trump the mother's desire to not have a child? Surely, the court would then place the child with the father, giving him custody?
And if that were to happen, no adoption would take place, and since (under UK law at least) adoption is the only way you can get out of parental responsibilities, the mother would still be legally the mother, with all the responsibilities that entails.
i.e. The father could then (in the UK) take her to the Child Support Agency and make her pay up the cash.
Anyone know what the legal position is? Am I talking bollocks?