Problem is you might win the case not to abort. GF might then take to drugs, drink, bad eating habits, skip tests and nutrition etc. Baby could be born but with what associated problems? Mentally retarded, ongoing heath problems etc. It took two to orriginlly funk so they were consenting adults. If financially/socially they together feel they cannot raise a child, abortion might be better option. Best is adoption if they want to go all the way to birth. ALways difficult to have a good answer to the scenario, although not often you hear of the guy wanting to keep a child.
To expand a bit more. they have dated for about 2 months. She is financially unstable and has another child to look after from another guy. Her boyfriend is financially fine. This thing happened over the weekend now and I haven't heard of a marriage proposal as yet..to back some kind of security( I presume needs to be done).
A woman has the right to abort the baby ... as father you have no recourse married or not. See the The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1996 The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act was passed to recognise women's reproductive health rights and prevent the sometimes fatal consequences of illegal backstreet abortions. The Act says a woman who wishes to may terminate a pregnancy in the first 12 weeks. From week 13 to week 20, abortion is available if a doctor advises, and after that only if there is risk to the woman or the fetus. No case concerning abortion has yet come before the Constitutional Court. From a legal side you have few to none options. Try the constructive discusion route. This is not legal advice.
I dunno - I think a good lawyer would be able to use the Children's Act to push the case - but the outcome, I would think, might be that the guy would have to compensate the mother for any potential perceived loss of income, the delivery costs, and then take custody of the child at birth. Its a huge human rights issue. If he feels strongly about having the child, and can afford it, and can find a good lawyer - it might be worth it, and would also be a great landmark for the presidence of fathers rights and children's rights. I think a good lawyer would probably love to take the case on. Realistically though, I don't think there's any potential fathers who want it THAT badly - and ofcourse, there's only 5/6 weeks to build and fight the case. At least starting the legal proceedings might be enough to stall the T.O.P for long enough for it to get into the second trimester - in which case she'd probably have good recourse to sue him for all costs involved in raising and caring for the child. If he DOESN'T get custody, she'd probably be able to enforce that he pay all the bills to sustain her and both kids for the rest of the child's life cos it was due to him that she be in the circumstances of not pursuing a career and studies etc etc. Does daddy really think its worth it?
Sacrifices are made on the benefit of other projects. So the mother will have the baby.they will never see a holiday .the young one will have a terrible start to his life. Drugs may form part of his teenage years(80% chance). what kind of an adult is he going to be??? .. We have to pay more taxes to build bigger prisons
Wizard. Let us know how this one pans out. From a legal perspective the answer is very clear. From my perspective as the father of a one year old boy its a very different story. John is right. Its maybe better not to pass judgement.