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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fooling the Father

For John, BLUFSome people are too clever by half.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Over at the Day by Day cartoon by Cartoonist Chris Muir explores an interesting ethical question.

The focus of the cartoon are Sam, the Red Head fixing the tractor, and Zed, her husband.  and Sam's sister, Skye.

There are others at the week goes by, including Jan and Damon, but for today it is those three.  Well, four, since Skye is preggers.  The issue turns on the responsibility of the Father, Anatoly.  Seems that Skye saved a "used condom" and artificially inseminated herself, without the sperm donor knowing about it (without the sperm donor having consented).  In such a case, what responsibilities and privileges devolve upon the contributor of the sperm?

For myself, I am all for the idea that if you Father a child you are responsible for that child until the child graduates from high school or graduates from college (well, if the child is making a good faith effort).  Both financially and emotionally.  A communication for the birthday and another for one of the winter solstice holidays (Christmas, Chanukkah, Kwanzaa, Eid, or something other).  However, stealing a man's sperm may obviate that proposed rule in such a case.

Regards  —  Cliff

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