Whether it's a "child" or not is really irrelevant--though it isn't; it's a fetus. Fetus =|= child. I'm not legally obligated to donate my kidney to someone who's dying of kidney failure, and I'm not obligated to keep a fetus alive that I don't want to.
Such as that lawsuit jerk, but if a man really wants his child then I think legally he should have a way to fight an abortion from stopping it.
...So he should be able to force a woman to CARRY A PREGNANCY TO TERM AND GIVE BIRTH regardless of HER FUTURE, HER WELL-BEING, HER FEELINGS!? Holy fuck. I mean... I can't even imagine how painful it would be to have to go through a court system to fight for my right to abort my pregnancy ON TOP OF deciding to abort in the first place.
Let's just shit all over individual rights, shall we?
How much choice in the matter do you think a man should have? 50%? What if the woman and the man disagree? Who gets to choose? I would hope that most people would say "the mother," so wouldn't just be her choice anyways? Do you want to make a bunch of complex laws so that the government can decide whether your relationship was valid enough to grant a man "boyfriend" status?
And you righteous defenders of men: What if he's abusive? What if she doesn't know him? What if she does not want a child in her life? What if she does not think she is emotionally ready to have a child? What if she does not think HE is emotionally ready to have a child? What if she doesn't want to pay all those medical bills? What if she does not want to put herself through childbirth?
There exists a huge biological inequity here that you all aren't facing: the woman's physical commitment to pregnancy and birth is infinitely greater than his. His participation, biologically, is limited to the act of fertilization. He does not face the risk of death or blindness or irreprerable internal damage like a woman does. He is not essentially incapacitated and unable to work for three or so months. His biological involvement, assuming the act of intercourse took one hour, is 1/6480th of hers.
The law does not exist to protect people's feelings. Sorry, it just doesn't--sad but true, y'all. The abortion law makes no distinction between "husband," "boyfriend," "one night stand," and "rapist," and rightly so. Just because he sperminated her does not mean he gets to force her to have birth. To suggest so is incredibly cruel that I can't even... I don't even have words.
With all due respect, from reading this thread it is obvious that a lot of you really haven't thought about the ramifications of bringing your ideas into reality.