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Rachel Zoe and Rodger Decide to Have Children

Does a Man Have Equal Say in the Baby Decision?

Does a man have equal say when it comes to having a bebe? Last night on The Rachel Zoe Project, the celebrity stylist and her husband, Rodger, talked and argued over the right time to have a child. At 38, Rachel's work has become her baby, but Rodg doesn't want their life to be all business, all the time. The tension mounted in the gynecologist's office when the doctor suggested Rachel get a blood test to see what her chances were for conceiving. Rodger was eager to move forward on a family, then Rachel refused to go straight to the lab. While it takes a willing man to create a child, since a woman carries and births the baby — is it ultimately her decision?

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
Anon 15 but shouldn't they sit down and discuss the fact that they'll work on their careers and then either have kids or not have kids? I couldn't imagine marrying someone without discussing that, and I think anyone who gets married without discussing it isn't taking their marriage seriously enough.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
Aren't you and your husband supposed to decide on how many kids to have and when to have them before you reach your late 30s?
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
I've never heard of this woman. How odd to have cameras record that discussion. Weird.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
If either partner says it's not the right time to have a baby; then it's not.
lawchick lawchick 6 years
Of course, if both parties are adults and respect each other, you wouldn't have the issue of a wife purposely "forgetting" her pill, but we all know it happens. In my case, I didn't stop birth control until we were both ready for the baby.
lawchick lawchick 6 years
Anon - I see what you mean, but most married couples are having sex and not using condoms (relying on her to use the pill or know when she's ovulating)... so sperm is pretty readily available :)
Deidre Deidre 6 years
I think in the case of Rachel and Rodg it's a moot point. With her lifestyle and health habits, I'm wondering how possible it would even be for her to get pregnant...
lawchick lawchick 6 years
It should be equal, but in reality there has to be a tiebreaker, and that ends up being the woman. If my husband wanted a baby but I didn't, obviously it would be impossible for him to get what he wanted because I am in control of my body (birth control, etc.), and my body is necessary to carry and birth the child.
missyd missyd 6 years
If that woman could even concieve I'd be suprised
kurniakasih kurniakasih 6 years
Well, he should have a say because it's his sperm, but in reality, it does come down to the woman's decision, I believe. I mean, this is based on knowing a guy who didn't want to have a child but his ex found out she was pregnant after they broke up, and she wanted to have the child so now he's paying child support.
Studio16 Studio16 6 years
Of course he has a say. It's his sperm, and he's going to have to pay for it for the next 18 years, whether he raises it or not. I'm disgusted that this is even a question.
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