Male Reproductive Health a Moot Issue?

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Male Reproductive Health a Moot Issue?
The Sperm Stops Here!

Male Reproductive Health a Moot Issue?


Male reproductive health refers to a man's ability to procreate, to bring a living being into existence. Without male reproductive ability, the human species would literally cease to exist. So male reproductive health is not only an important component of men's health; it is also essential to human survival itself.

But if one women's rights advocate has her way, male reproductive health may become a non-issue.

Martha Burk is the Chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations (www.womensorganizations.org), a network of over 100 women's organizations. She is also the President of the Center for Advancement of Public Policy in Washington, DC.

Martha Burk is well-known for her recent efforts to require the Augusta National Golf Club to admit women as members. But there is a soft under-belly to the Martha Burk story.

Writing in the Nov./Dec. 1997 issue of Ms. Magazine, Ms. Burk proposed a novel solution to the abortion controversy: the mandatory sterilization of men.

In her article, "The Sperm Stops Here," Ms. Burk touted this solution: "Mandatory contraception beginning at puberty, with the rule relaxed only for procreation under the right circumstances (he can afford it and has a willing partner) and for the right reasons (determined by a panel of experts, and with the permission of his designated female partner)."

Burk's entire article is reproduced at the end of this Special Report.

Burk also believes that controlling male fertility would not a hard to enforce: "The fertility authorities could use a combination of punishments for men who failed to get the implants and for doctors who removed them without proper authorization. The men could be required to adopt one orphan per infraction and rear her or him until adulthood."

Human rights advocates have rightly condemned Communist China for forcing women who have more than one child to be sterilized.

Who would have believed that an even more intrusive strategy, applied to men even before they conceived their first child, would now be openly advocated in the United States of America? Contact Martha Burk:at capp@capponline.org

The Sperm Stops Here!


Let's stop the abortion debate right now. Both sides can agree that eliminating the need for abortion would solve the problem. If all babies were planned, wanted and could be cared for, women wouldn't seek abortions. A modest proposal: control men's fertility. The facts of men's fertility are that men can cause hundreds (even thousands in the case of certain athletes who shall remain nameless) more unwanted pregnancies than can women. In the most extreme case, consider a woman who becomes pregnant and gives birth every year of her fertile life. It is theoretically possible for her to have 35 children in her lifetime. In the same period, if a man had unprotected sexual intercourse once a week he could theoretically father 1.820 children. Add his increased years of fertility, and his potential for physical domination over women, and we can readily see that the problem of unwanted pregnancy is largely one of uncontrolled sperm.

So how do we control men's fertility? Mandatory contraception beginning at puberty, with the rule relaxed only for procreation under the right circumstances (he can afford it and has a willing partner) and for the right reasons (determined by a panel of experts, and with the persmission of his designated female partner). This could be easily accomplished with a masculine version of the contraceptive implants some judges are now trying to force on some women by court order.

Controlling men's fertility would not be a hard restriction to enforce. The fertility authorities could use a combination of punishments for men who failed to get the implants and for doctors who removed them without proper authorization. The men could be required to adopt one orphan per infraction and rear her or him until adulthood. The doctors, could lose their licences or, in extreme cases, go to prison.

The current welfare law allows states to eliminate support for many women with children and deny additional assistance to single mothers who have more than one child while on welfare. Why not punish men caught fathering more than one child with a mother who's already on welfare? With DNA fingerprinting, the method could be foolproof, especially if doctors reported any man who refused the implants or sought medical attention after unsuccessfully attempting to remove them himself. Understand, men's right to control their own bodies and life choices would not be infringed. Men could continue to have sexual intercourse and to father children. They would merely be required to accept a few minuscule and ever-so-reasonable restrictions.  
Source: Martha Burk, Ms. Magazine, Nov./Dec. 1997, www.crowmagazine.com/ms-sperm.htm

Editor's note: Martha is going to have an interesting time dealing with David Hager.

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A man (read woman in this instance) that studieth revenge keeps his (her) own wounds green. - Francis Bacon.



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