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The National Organization for Women (NOW) has filed a lawsuit in federal court against fatherhood programs in Alaska, Idaho and Oregon. The objective of these programs is to provide career counseling to fathers in three tough categories: incarcerated, military and fathers with disabled children. NOW has objected because women are excluded from these programs "solely because they are women." There is an old saying that you should be careful what you wish for, since you might get it. I think NOW should think twice about trying to win this lawsuit. If they win, wouldn't that endanger the innumerable government-funded programs that benefit only women? More to the point, how many proofs do we need that NOW and similar organizations oppose fathers' involvement with their children and will use any excuse to attack programs that encourage such involvement? And here I thought they believed in gender equality--silly me.

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