The overswing from centuries of sexist, double-standard, Patriarchal societal ethics and practices in the Western Hemisphere, since the Cultural Revolution of the Sixties/Seventies, has seen many swiftly (or pre-birth) estranged fathers having almost no rights at all regarding their own child, and are at the whim of the mother to decide if her kid needs a dad or not. Custody aside (not usually an issue with a small child), basic Visitation Rights are costly, time-consuming and emotionally traumatic to acquire, as is Parental Responsibility (PR). NOTE: I am speaking from the UK. (I gather the Law is not as biased in the US). Fathers-to-be are no longer stereotypically running a mile as soon as they get wind of the pregnancy; more often, I’ve witnessed headstrong young women actively severing the imminent family with a “We don’t need you” attitude. Yes, you do. That child has a right to a father, to spend time developing a relationship with him, to come to know that half of their bloodline (rather than find out about it later as a teen or adult, and need professional help dealing with psychological ramifications).
This is not an indictment of women generally, nor is it an endorsement, acceptance, or condonation of abusive or negligent men, fathers or otherwise. Like it or not, men are needed to keep the Human Race a going concern. Until a woman can play role of both mother and father in the life of a child, let alone evolve into self-fertilising androgyny, the male must retain role of father. Men have a duty. This is not to be invalidated in a man who is in earnest.