Voices For Life

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fathers Can Change the Situation, and Children Can also Change Fathers

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By Rebecca Downs
Live Action News


While a mother carries her child for nine months, she did not conceive the baby alone— fathers also bear responsibility. The man doesn’t only play a role in conception. A father can decide whether the mother of his child has the support she needs, or if she lacks it. The amount of support from a man can even decide if that baby lives or dies in an abortion.

Whether a pregnancy is planned or not, mothers need support. Although she may receive help from friends and family, there’s nothing like the support from the father. And, there’s something special about a couple looking forward to raising their baby together as a family.

Fathers have the power to help, comfort, and support pregnant mothers. They also have the power to persuade a woman into abortion.

A report from the Elliot Institute delves into the coercion women face to have an abortion, including from the father. A fact sheetmentions “Husband or boyfriend persuaded me” among the top of the list for “Reasons women give for having abortion.” Also mentioned is:

  • In 95% of all cases, the male partner played a central role in the decision
  • 45% of men interviewed at abortion clinics recalled urging abortion, including 37% of married men
  • In the above study, men justified being the primary decision maker, regarding the abortion
If fathers think that an abortion will save their relationship, the opposite, however, is the likely outcome. Texas Right to Life refers to research which shows that of 400 women who had an abortion, 70 percent of them ended their relationship within one month.


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