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A Woman's "Choice" That Affects Men: Post-Abortion Trauma
Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2010 | Jerry DeBin

Posted on 06/20/2010 6:03:19 PM PDT by Kaslin

Author's note: This piece is co-authored by Jeanne Monahan.

This Father’s Day will be a celebration for dads all over the country, an opportunity for children to thank and honor their fathers. Yet for many men, the memory of involvement in a past abortion, of “cards they will not receive,” will be painful and palpable.

In a debate where the primary focus is a woman’s body and a woman’s right to choose whether or not to carry a child to his or her delivery, the “other partner,” the father of the baby, is rarely given consideration, and is often completely disregarded altogether. The question of abortion is myopically women-centric.

Abortion advocates often mock pro-life men. Men are told they shouldn’t speak out because they can never become pregnant. Yet, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to acknowledge that two women cannot a baby make.

Less acknowledged is the fact that this decision deeply impacts the dad, too.

This year three Father’s Day cards will stand prominently on Jerry’s kitchen countertop, telling the wonderful story of the lives of his three grown children. But there is an empty space next to the cards which tells another story that continues to grieve Jerry and his wife, Dayna. Over thirty years ago, Jerry and his then high school sweetheart, Dayna, chose to abort two of their children.

Jerry deeply empathizes with any man who has taken the life of another human and lives daily with that burden and emotional trauma. The negative psychological impact of abortion on women has been well publicized, but less so have been the effects of abortion on men.

In researching the topic, we found a variety of books, websites and support groups dedicated to male post-abortion trauma, as well as a number of studies on the issue. One study reported that 82 percent of male parents of a recently aborted baby (ranging from two days to 37 months) experienced depression. Another study found that men experienced anxiety, helplessness, guilt, and a dual sense of responsibility and regret during an abortion. An additional study reported that many biological fathers need professional support in dealing with abortion and its impact on relationships.

According to Guy Condon and David Hazard, authors of Fatherhood Aborted:

The Profound Effects of Abortion on Men, post-abortive men suffer from a whole host of problems, including relationship struggles, inability to trust friends, rage, addictions and sexual compulsions, sleeplessness, bad dreams, nightmares, sexual dysfunction, depression, fear of failure, fear of rejection, and loneliness.

Fortunately, Jerry and Dayna’s story did not have a negative ending. They married after high school, but continued to be haunted by the unspoken grief and burden of the two children they had aborted. Ten years and three children later, they came to a crisis in their marriage where they needed to honestly confront the lingering effects of the two abortions. There were unresolved issues but they found helpful resources to successfully work through them and make peace with the past.

Having found hope in their grief and regret, they deeply wanted others to avoid making these same mistakes. They felt the best way they could do so would be to support young people facing similar tough decisions, and decided to start a pregnancy resource center in Prattville, Ala., in this effort. Having opened its doors in 1992, “Grace Place” PregnancyResource Center continues to thrive and serve young mothers and fathers experiencing an unplanned pregnancy even today.

Jerry and Dayna helped to start Grace Place to share truth about abortion, to give hope in situations that appear hopeless and to help restore the lives of men and women broken by abortion. They also discovered that the process helped complete the healing in their marriage and family.

An estimated 50 million abortions have been performed in the U.S. since the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. For each of those 50 million babies, there is a father. Even adjusting those numbers to allow for men who father more than one aborted child, the count of post-abortion men in America is easily 30 million. This Father’s Day let us honestly engage men in the conversation about abortion and its impacts on everyone involved. There remain significant, long-term consequences of Father’s Day cards that will not come this week … all across America.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; fathersday; males; postabortivewomen
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1 posted on 06/20/2010 6:03:21 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin; Irisshlass; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; Conservative Vermont Vet; ...

Thanks Kaslin!

(If you think this post was worth the ping, please join me in thanking Kaslin.)


2 posted on 06/20/2010 6:05:42 PM PDT by narses ( 'Prefer nothing to the love of Christ.')
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To: Kaslin

It would tear my heart out.


3 posted on 06/20/2010 6:09:46 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Kaslin

Thank you and God Bless


4 posted on 06/20/2010 6:10:29 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: Kaslin
A ministry that helps these women who have had abortions




5 posted on 06/20/2010 6:18:42 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Kaslin

For the life of me, I cannot understand how a woman can
have a right to choose and a man cannot.
What right does she have to abort OUR baby, if it’s born
there is no doubt that the Man has a responsibliity to
it, the courts have constantly said so.

If the man decides for abortion and the woman refuses
he cannot force her under law.

Abortion is just wrong and by being unjust it creats
hurt for all involved.

Abortion is murder, 52 million strong.


6 posted on 06/20/2010 6:27:42 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: cripplecreek
Yep, you don't hear the feminazis worried too much about the man who loses a child because of the selfish decision of the women. In fact, I wish the pro-life movement would use this argument more often.
7 posted on 06/20/2010 6:48:00 PM PDT by mrsixpack36
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To: mrsixpack36

this is one argument i do not buy unless the man is married to the woman. Otherwise he is just a spermdonor and has no right or issue here.


8 posted on 06/20/2010 6:55:43 PM PDT by Chickensoup (The Acting President....is an incompetent puppet of Soros.)
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To: Chickensoup
The man is “just a sperm donor”? So unless they are married, the man has no rights?? You kidding me? If a woman murdered MY child via abortion I would be devastated, married or not. You have just lowered men to a lesser status than woman, but that is typical of our society—and court system.
9 posted on 06/20/2010 7:24:44 PM PDT by mrsixpack36
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To: mrsixpack36

If you are not married to the woman and you have sex with her you are a sperm donor. one of the great failures of western culture is the diminishment of marriage which has happened because people are given “rights” of marriage without the commitment.


10 posted on 06/20/2010 7:30:25 PM PDT by Chickensoup (The Acting President....is an incompetent puppet of Soros.)
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To: narses

Thanks, Kaslin. I see many men coming to the abortion clinics who don’t seem to have the fortitude to stand up to the mother of their baby and fight for the life of their child. Men do regret abortions. They just need to be more active in preventing them in the first place.


11 posted on 06/20/2010 7:30:48 PM PDT by Faith
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To: Kaslin

Thanks for the post.


12 posted on 06/20/2010 7:31:41 PM PDT by Faith
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To: Chickensoup

Which sucks when the sperm donor decides to marry the woman only to find out she already aborted the baby. Have heard that story too many times.


13 posted on 06/20/2010 7:36:53 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: Kaslin

” ... if you like it you shoulda put a ring on it ...”

Beyonce


14 posted on 06/20/2010 7:38:08 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: HungarianGypsy

Which sucks when the sperm donor decides to marry the woman only to find out she already aborted the baby. Have heard that story too many times.

Agreed that it stinks. But the sperm donor needs to keep his pants zipped. There is a responsibility there.


15 posted on 06/20/2010 7:53:13 PM PDT by Chickensoup (The Acting President....is an incompetent puppet of Soros.)
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To: Faith; narses

You are welcome


16 posted on 06/20/2010 8:08:34 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Chickensoup

Women have the option of murdering a man’s child, and the man has no say. Marriage is important but really beside the point. It takes two to make a baby, yet only one is given any rights. What about the rights of the baby?


17 posted on 06/20/2010 8:37:59 PM PDT by mrsixpack36
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To: Chickensoup

So it is fine for the egg donor to abort, but not ok for the sperm donor to have a say in it?


18 posted on 06/20/2010 9:50:26 PM PDT by Controlling Legal Authority
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To: Chickensoup

So only the egg donor should have a say?


19 posted on 06/20/2010 9:52:58 PM PDT by Controlling Legal Authority
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To: Faith

Yes!!

I’ve been thinking that for awhile. We keep on focusing on the women, but neglect the fact that the man is a catalyst. Perhaps we need to start approaching infanticide from the point of view of male taboos. I do think that once it becomes completely socially unacceptable amongst guys to have a girl friend/wife end a pregnancy that we’ll be getting somewhere. Liken a male who goes along with infanticide to being a sissy or being cuckolded.

Male taboos can be the friend of the unborn. Real men don’t allow their babies to be terminated.


20 posted on 06/20/2010 10:28:28 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (How many children are enough? One more....)
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