In the news, there is a story about a mom who has been banned from having more children for 13 years. After abandoning 4 children in a hotel she was faced with a jail sentence or give up her right to have more children for 13 years.
I don't think anyone who has seen this has any sympathy for her. Most will agree you cannot leave children in a hotel room to go partying. It is definitely seen as "negligent" behavior. It is a pretty clear example of neglect. Completely understandable that she should face consequences for her actions.
There is also a story about a case in Kansas asking a sperm donor to pay child support because, based on a technicality, a doctor wasn't involved. I don't agree with this one at all. There was a an agreement and he donated so a lesbian couple could have a child. He didn't get one of them pregnant and hit the highway. This isn't what I consider abandonment or an obligation. Maybe I am wrong in thinking that, but someone had to help them have a child and now that they have fell on hard times they repay him by asking him to be financially responsible.
I know there are always stories in the news that complicate parental obligation and who should do what, but it is clear, to me, that purposely erasing yourself from a child you are half responsible for should never be an option.
What do you think?