Matt Dubay and Mel Feit discussing Matt's appeal on MSNBC.
This lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Michigan on March 9, 2006. The judge summarily dismissed the case in July of 2006 but not before he ordered Dubay to pay the legal fees of all the other parties, including the state of Michigan.
The case was then appealed to the sixth circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals. In October of 2007, the Appeals Court upheld the decision of the District Court but denied the state's request that Dubay be required to pay further legal fees in connection with the appeal.
When the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled against Dubay, Matt and Mel went on MSNBC's "Live with Dan Abrams" to discuss the case. Mel told Dan, "We were asking the Court to decide whether the right to separate sexual intimacy from forced procreation was a fundamental human right or a right to be enjoyed only by people with internal reproductive systems."
Abrams was sympathetic to the idea that a man should not be forced into fatherhood if he was the victim of fraud or deceit. In fact, even when the press has been hostile to men's rights issues in general, it has usually referred to "Roe for Men" with at least a neutral curiosity. As an example, take a look at the February 12, 2008 issue of The Nation, which characterizes our position as giving a man the opportunity to relinquish, through the courts, the rights and responsibilities of parenthood just as a woman has the opportunity to end her potential parenthood through abortion. They got it right.
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