Should Adrian Peterson have a vasectomy?

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Much has been made in the liberal media about the tragic death of NFL Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s young son.

But there’s an underlying issue inherent in the Peterson story that’s not getting enough press: If a man has no intention of behaving like a father, maybe he should consider a vasectomy so can no longer spread his seed.

According to a New York Post report, Peterson may have as many as seven kids out of wedlock, with an unknown number of women. One of them, 2-year-old Tyrese, was beaten to death last week, reportedly by his mother’s boyfriend.

The boy’s death is heartbreaking. And unnecessary. Whoever is responsible for the death of this innocent child should be punished to the full extent of the law.

But where is Peterson’s responsibility – not in the death but in contributing to the life of the children he sires? It’s time that fathers like Peterson, who have no role in their children’s lives other than as sperm donors, be required to take some responsibility. Step up or go under the knife, so fatherless sons and daughters don’t have to risk spending their lives without a meaningful father figure.

Yes, men – particularly wealthy, successful men — have been siring children with women in every port for as long as there’ve been men and women. They say Genghis Khan has about 16 million descendants worldwide. That doesn’t happen when you spend all your time riding horses.

Children are born out of wedlock to parents of all races and ethnicities. But it seems to especially be a problem in the black community. That concept raises the hackles of liberals – black and white alike – but the numbers don’t lie. That’s how more than 70 percent of black children are born in this country.

Whatever Peterson does and with whom is his business. By most media accounts, he seems to have provided financially for his children — at least the ones he knows of, and that’s more than most absentee fathers do, white or black. But paying some of the bills isn’t the same as being a father.

It’s not leading anyone, or loving anyone, or teaching or guiding or protecting anyone.

Should Peterson have a vasectomy?

Maybe he’s not the only one.

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