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New Study: Top Reason for Women's Abortions is No Supportive Partner, Father
Life News ^ | 1/16/09 | Wanda Franz, Ph.D.

Posted on 01/16/2009 10:55:06 AM PST by wagglebee

LifeNews.com Note: Dr. Wanda Franz is the president of the National Right to Life Committee and a former professor of clinical psychology at West Virginia University.

The pro-life movement in this country has been very successful in reducing the numbers of abortions and the abortion rate (the number of abortions per 1,000 women of child-bearing age). In 2005, the abortion rate was down 33% from its peak in 1980/81, the same level it had been in 1974.

If the abortion rate had not decreased from its peak value in 1980/81, but simply stayed the same, there would have been 50% more abortions in 2005: 1.8 million, instead of the actual 1.2 million.

This decrease in abortion has been greatest among adolescents and young people.

While abortions have decreased in women having their first pregnancy, the number of repeat abortions has increased. Today, 47% of all abortions are obtained by women who have already had at least one previous abortion.

In addition, most abortions occur now in the group of women who already have one living child. Thus, the demographics of abortion are changing. Today, the women, who are in need of pro-life support, are often those with families. No research has been done on this population group, until now.

A new study by Priscilla Coleman and colleagues has been published in the International Journal of Mental Health Addiction. This study uses data from the Fragile Families and Well-Being Study.

The sample was drawn from hospitals in 16 cities around the country, which had high numbers of unmarried births. The final sample consisted of families with one child. The mothers then either aborted or gave birth to a subsequent child.

The family characteristics indicated that the families met the requirement of being fragile: 87% were not married, 41% had less than a high school education, and 32% had an annual income under $15,000. Racial breakdown was 24% white, 56% black, 15% Hispanic, 1% Asian and 4% American Indian.

The ages of the participants fell into the age range when most abortions now occur, that is, 64% were between 20 and 29 years of age.

In this sample, 76.9% of the women with a subsequent pregnancy reported that the same man fathered both the first and second pregnancy. This is a surprisingly high level of stability, given the fragility of the family unit.

This study looked at the reasons women chose childbirth or abortion for their subsequent pregnancy. It is unique, in that, it examined the decision-making process in the context of the relationship with the father of the child. No other research on abortion decision-making has taken the family context into account.

This is an especially important issue for our future consideration, since so many abortions are currently performed on women with other living children, implying the presence of the father of the children.

The results of the study indicated that the most important factors in determining the women's choice to abort a second pregnancy were those associated with the father's inability or unwillingness to provide assistance in rearing the first child.

Women were significantly more likely to abort if they reported that the father of the child cannot be trusted to "watch the child for a week," "take good care of the child," "watch the child when the mothers needs to do things," "does not support the mother's way of raising the child," "does not respect the schedule and rules" for the child, etc.

In addition, it was found that mothers who were married to the father were significantly more likely to deliver the baby.

What is especially interesting are the variables that did not appear to influence the choice of abortion vs. delivery.

For example, the difficulty of raising the child, based on poor temperament of the child or the need for frequent medical intervention, did not affect the choice to abort. In addition, financial considerations were not important in the decision.

Employment and income did not predict the decision to abort. Surprisingly, aggression directed toward the mother by the father was not a factor in the choice to abort.

On the other hand, women who chose to abort the second baby, demonstrated more substance abuse following the abortion; and they were more apt to be physically abused by the father.

The results of this study are counter to the prevailing opinion that women abort because of poverty and financial considerations. Instead, these mothers were more apt to make the decision based on whether or not they would be supported in their role as a mother by a father who had already demonstrated an ability to care for one of his children.

Furthermore, marriage was a protective factor in determining the parents' decision to keep and raise their child.

This study supports the idea that abortion occurs in the context of a family. It requires both a committed mother and father to assure the choice to deliver and care for a child. Fathers are, not only important, but possibly decisive in the choice to have an abortion.


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This study supports the idea that abortion occurs in the context of a family. It requires both a committed mother and father to assure the choice to deliver and care for a child.

And the left totally opposed to this.

1 posted on 01/16/2009 10:55:07 AM PST by wagglebee
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2 posted on 01/16/2009 10:55:35 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 01/16/2009 10:56:12 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

The left believes in self actualizatin. It’s a movement of narcissists.


4 posted on 01/16/2009 10:56:15 AM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: wagglebee

Depravity breeds depravity.

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5 posted on 01/16/2009 10:56:31 AM PST by SnakeDoctor ("You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas." -- David Crockett)
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To: wagglebee
In this sample, 76.9% of the women with a subsequent pregnancy reported that the same man fathered both the first and second pregnancy. This is a surprisingly high level of stability, given the fragility of the family unit.

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I wouldn't define this as a high level of stability, given that the woman in question has aborted two of the father's children. If anything, it indicates to me that the relationship is extremely unstable.

6 posted on 01/16/2009 10:59:53 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: wagglebee

I think it’s because women aren’t taught how to pick a good man. I have three sisters and each one recieved that instruction.
Quit hopping in the sack with any male that happens by.


7 posted on 01/16/2009 11:01:54 AM PST by devistate one four (Impatiently waiting for the next tea party! Tet '68)
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To: wagglebee
The results of the study indicated that the most important factors in determining the women's choice to abort a second pregnancy were those associated with the father's inability or unwillingness to provide assistance in rearing the first child.

My son's birth-father was in prison serving a 3-4 year sentence by the time his birth-mother found out she was pregnant with him. She already had an infant at home, and another disabled daughter living with grandmother. Talk about a "crisis pregnancy!"

I thank God every day that she decided to spare his life in spite of her circumstances.


8 posted on 01/16/2009 11:02:45 AM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: wagglebee

This is not news to me, as someone who worked at a CPC for years.

If they don’t know the dad. . .

if they don’t like the dad. . .

if the dad is a flake. . .

and most importantly, if the dad wants her to abort. . .

They abort, almost every time.

I don’t blame just the fathers. These women choose to have sex with men they don’t know, don’t like, or who are flaky.

Also, in defense of fathers, there have been a handful who have tried valiantly to get their girlfriends (it’s never their wives) to keep the baby.

But men, to keep abortion rates low, wait until you are married (most of the unmarried women who came to us HAD BEEN USING BIRTH CONTROL. It DOESN’T ALWAYS WORK) and be very, very suppportive should you impregnate somebody.


9 posted on 01/16/2009 11:05:03 AM PST by Marie2 (Hunkered down until something better comes along)
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To: mvpel

Wow, what a great story!


10 posted on 01/16/2009 11:12:37 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
Furthermore, marriage was a protective factor in determining the parents' decision to keep and raise their child.

I've seen this information before and am amazed, but not surprised, at how little attention it gets. The humanity-hating, anti-marriage, welfare-promoting left have pushed men and the importance of the family out of the picture and now they refuse to face the fact that these lefties (especially the women) are traitors to the very citizens they constantly tell us they are "empowering."

There's nothing empowering about a woman faced with aborting an unplanned pregnancy from a man she doesn't know, or trust. There's nothing empowering about a man who leaves a woman who becomes pregnant with his child because they're not married and he just doesn't care. It is not the natural order of things.
11 posted on 01/16/2009 11:15:11 AM PST by fleagle ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. -Winston Churchill)
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To: trisham

I don’t think the first child was aborted in all of these cases. In at least some of the cases, the father’s attitude towards the first child is the reason the woman is seeking the abortion of the second. I think they are loosely using stability to mean that the man and woman are involved in a long term relationship. Apparently, instability would be when the father of the first child is different from the father of the second. Interesting information, although I do not trust this website much.

I have mostly found that woman do not want to abort, that they do so out of fear. If that fear can be alleviated, they are much more likely to go ahead with the pregnancy.


12 posted on 01/16/2009 11:19:10 AM PST by ga medic
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To: Marie2

How are men to be “supportive” when the law and the culture tell them that it’s none of their business whether the woman aborts?

The men throw up their hands and say “it’s your choice, that’s what we’ve been trained to think!” and the woman is left to make the decision over the life or death of her baby all on her own conscience.


13 posted on 01/16/2009 11:22:25 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: fleagle

Every policy of the left (doing Satan’s bidding) is anti-family.

The family is the primary target of evil, because it is the primary threat to his victory.


14 posted on 01/16/2009 11:23:23 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: trisham

#6, further comment on that quote...just because it was the same father does not mean it is a “family unit”,either.


15 posted on 01/16/2009 11:30:54 AM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: MrB
Every policy of the left (doing Satan’s bidding) is anti-family.

The family is the primary target of evil, because it is the primary threat to his victory.

Absolutely correct!

16 posted on 01/16/2009 11:31:03 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: MountainFlower

Good point.


17 posted on 01/16/2009 11:31:38 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: fleagle

I really don’t think the issue is marriage in and of itself.

Men who make good fathers are probably much more likely to get married. Men who continue a long term relationship with the mother of a child, that don’t want to get married are probably going to be lousy fathers.

There is kind of a catch-22 quality to this situation. Is it better to raise a child as a single mother or with a lousy dad?


18 posted on 01/16/2009 11:32:07 AM PST by ga medic
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To: wagglebee

But this can’t be true, can it? I thought that the top 3 reasons were rape, incest and endangerment to the mother. /s

At least that’s what the pro-aborts keep telling us.


19 posted on 01/16/2009 11:32:11 AM PST by al_c (Avoid the consequences of erudite vernacular utilized irrespective of necessity)
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To: wagglebee
The results of the study indicated that the most important factors in determining the women's choice to abort a second pregnancy were those associated with the father's inability or unwillingness to provide assistance in rearing the first child.

Why are these stupid women then having sex and putting themselves in the position of getting pregnant by a man they believe is unwilling or unable to provide assistance in rearing children? I'm sorry, but the stupidity of this baffles me.

20 posted on 01/16/2009 11:33:22 AM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: al_c

Yep, and it’s “safe and legal and rare,” though it seems that we need government to make it more common because 3500 murdered infants PER DAY just isn’t rare enough.


21 posted on 01/16/2009 11:33:35 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: mvpel

What a wonderful story. Your son looks very happy!


22 posted on 01/16/2009 11:34:52 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: fleagle

There’s also nothing empowering about a woman having sex with a man she doesn’t know or trust.


23 posted on 01/16/2009 11:35:51 AM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: trisham
In this sample, 76.9% of the women with a subsequent pregnancy reported that the same man fathered both the first and second pregnancy. This is a surprisingly high level of stability, given the fragility of the family unit.

My thoughts exactly and it says nothing of how many women the "father" is with. She may be having sex only with him but that does not mean he's having sex only with her. Stability? please.
24 posted on 01/16/2009 11:35:54 AM PST by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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To: wagglebee

Wow, if one was to read Ann Coulter’s latest book they would see much the same thing printed on those pages. Single mothers cause much of the problems in this country by the simple fact there is no nuclear family to support her and the children. Hence, more abortions, more child murder after they are born(both are murder, I just wanted to differentiate between the two)by single moms wanting to be with a new boyfriend or to go out partying or children beaten to death by the new boyfriend(with mom’s help), more crime committed by the children after(IF)they grow up.


25 posted on 01/16/2009 11:37:05 AM PST by calex59
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To: ga medic

Those aren’t the only 2 options, tho. Adoption is one.


26 posted on 01/16/2009 11:37:32 AM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: ga medic
There is kind of a catch-22 quality to this situation. Is it better to raise a child as a single mother or with a lousy dad?

There is no catch 22, there is one simple solution, you don't the children to begin with unless you know you are going to have a partner(or at least strongly suspect such)who will stay with you and help raise them. This means, in simple English, that if you aren't married, don't have children, period. Read Ann Coulter's new book it explains many things and shows the statistics to back them up.

27 posted on 01/16/2009 11:40:42 AM PST by calex59
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To: ga medic

Interesting. I’ve never been in a position to talk to a woman who was considering an abortion, so I have no personal experience here. I have talked to women who have had abortions, but the conversations were brief.


28 posted on 01/16/2009 11:46:10 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: calex59

I was talking about those who are already pregnant, in the context of encouraging them not to have an abortion. When working with pregnant women, who are contemplating abortion, it is rarely effective to tell them they should not have gotten pregnant to begin with.


29 posted on 01/16/2009 11:46:32 AM PST by ga medic
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To: All
If anyone on the thread has stats that would support the need for maternity homes/ home for unwed mothers, both on a national and state (south dakota, in particular) level, please reach me. I am filing for my 501c3 and the stats are needed for proof that the facility is warranted. (sheesh! We aren't even looking at government spending and they want proof. Should make them prove the need for every dime they spend before the spending is allowed! LOL)

wagglebee, thanks for allowing me to ask! Next week I hope to be to the point of collecting the data.

30 posted on 01/16/2009 11:47:34 AM PST by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: socialismisinsidious
You're right, of course. When a woman has one or more abortions while with a particular “partner”, we can surely suspect that there is little trust or security in the relationship.
31 posted on 01/16/2009 11:49:51 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: wagglebee

I disagree with this whole thing and it’s rationalizations. The top reason for abortion is submission to a moral depravity that results in a callous disregard for life.


32 posted on 01/16/2009 11:52:31 AM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: brytlea

Adoption is clearly the very best solution to this problem. I always encourage women to go the adoption route.

Strangely enough, the men who do not want the child and encourage the abortions, are usually against adoption. Many will refuse to consent to the adoption or even worse they sometimes threaten to seek sole custody of the child. This is terrifying to a woman who lacks the money for legal assistance, and she will almost always do what he wants.

I don’t understand it, probably because it doesn’t make sense, but these situations never have a good outcome.


33 posted on 01/16/2009 11:55:30 AM PST by ga medic
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To: ga medic

Women having sex with and getting pregnant by men who are bad choices for fathers do generally have a bad outcome. It seems to be a big secret, tho.


34 posted on 01/16/2009 11:58:41 AM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: ga medic

I do agree with that. Once they are pregnant you have to deal with that. However, we need to do far more as a society in encouraging women to NOT have sex with men who they would not want to be married to and have children with. And we need to stop this nonsense that sex and marriage and children are not connected.


35 posted on 01/16/2009 12:00:53 PM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: ViLaLuz

“I disagree with this whole thing and it’s rationalizations. The top reason for abortion is submission to a moral depravity that results in a callous disregard for life.”

That is fine if your purpose is to sit back and judge the actions of others. Some of us are actively trying to prevent the abortion of children by working with women who are considering it. Every time a woman chooses life over abortion, a murder is prevented.

It may not solve the problem of moral depravity, but I would argue that it produces better results than judging women who are already in a bad situation.


36 posted on 01/16/2009 12:04:26 PM PST by ga medic
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To: MrB

1) Men made all the laws.

2) Men impregnate the women.


37 posted on 01/16/2009 12:15:43 PM PST by donna (Synonyms: Feminism, Communism, Fascism, Socialism)
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To: donna

3. It takes 2 to tango.


38 posted on 01/16/2009 12:23:58 PM PST by meyer (We are all John Galt)
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To: donna

Yep, men made the laws, and made them so that they didn’t have any responsibility for getting free sex.

Like being duped?

Oh, and as for “men impregnate women” - that sounds... well, rather radical lesbian of you...
It takes two to tango, and if the woman says no, sex doesn’t happen, unless a crime is then committed.


39 posted on 01/16/2009 12:27:03 PM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: ga medic
Is it better to raise a child as a single mother or with a lousy dad?

Don't have to do either. Adoption.
40 posted on 01/16/2009 12:32:32 PM PST by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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To: MrB

I was just providing some balance.

The fact is that men are the leaders. They could solve this mess; but, they like it as is it.


41 posted on 01/16/2009 12:37:23 PM PST by donna (Synonyms: Feminism, Communism, Fascism, Socialism)
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As Ann Coulter says,

the biggest supporters of “abortion rights” are men aged 18 through their late 20’s.

Yeah, they’re really into “women’s rights” I bet.


42 posted on 01/16/2009 12:50:04 PM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: brytlea
There’s also nothing empowering about a woman having sex with a man she doesn’t know or trust.

You are right. In attempting to be somehow "progressive" we've stripped the fundamental soundness from our social structure and, in doing so, have created a generation(s) of people who behave recklessly, without restraint or respect for themselves or others, creating broken homes and broken people.
43 posted on 01/16/2009 12:52:32 PM PST by fleagle ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. -Winston Churchill)
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To: wagglebee

It’s very sad to see when a man decides to leave his pregnant wife, leaving her with the responsibility of raising a child on her own, I have seen this happen all too often. It is also sad to see so many marriages destroyed by pornography, which is all too acceptable and prevalent today. There is definately an all out war against the family, and it is only getting worse. There is no honor for mothers and fathers and the media certainly discourages marriage and famly.


44 posted on 01/16/2009 12:53:26 PM PST by FRGOPPER
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To: calex59
Single mothers cause much of the problems in this country...

So your thing is bashing single women while letting the "men" who fathered this children but don't assist in raising them or supporting them off the hook?
45 posted on 01/16/2009 12:55:50 PM PST by fleagle ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. -Winston Churchill)
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To: fleagle

p.s. I said “single women” when I meant “single moms.”


46 posted on 01/16/2009 12:58:40 PM PST by fleagle ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. -Winston Churchill)
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To: ga medic

“That is fine if your purpose is to sit back and judge the actions of others. Some of us are actively trying to prevent the abortion of children by working with women who are considering it. Every time a woman chooses life over abortion, a murder is prevented.

It may not solve the problem of moral depravity, but I would argue that it produces better results than judging women who are already in a bad situation.”

First, I commend you and others actively working to save children’s lives.

I’m not judging the women, I’m judging the actions of the man and woman involved.


47 posted on 01/16/2009 1:01:54 PM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: FRGOPPER
There is no honor for mothers and fathers and the media certainly discourages marriage and famly.

Media and so-called "entertainment" absolutely discourages marriage and the family. But also, our laws do damage as well. I know of more than just a few moms who live with, but do not marry, their child's father because if they married and joined their incomes they'd lose the significant childcare subsidy they receive from the government.

I do not condone this behavior by the way, I abhor it, but I'm just using it as an example of how liberal policies have helped bring about the destruction of the family.
48 posted on 01/16/2009 1:02:52 PM PST by fleagle ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. -Winston Churchill)
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To: MrB

“How are men to be “supportive” when the law and the culture tell them that it’s none of their business whether the woman aborts?”

As I said, I don’t think it’s all the men’s fault. I agree our laws are hideous. They forbid a man from protecting his child. What sort of Satanic law is that?

But my advice still stands. In three years, I had ONE married woman abort (that I know of). The father was pushing it. He wanted to get their business more established before she had a baby.

So wait until your married, because birth control fails FREQUENTLY. If you are married, it is highly unlikely she will abort. And should you impregnate somebody, step up. It does make a difference.


49 posted on 01/16/2009 1:31:05 PM PST by Marie2 (Hunkered down until something better comes along)
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To: socialismisinsidious

Read post 33.


50 posted on 01/16/2009 2:34:08 PM PST by ga medic
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