When It Comes to Pregnancies, Men Matter

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Do men really matter when it comes to pregnancies? Should men actually care about the nine-month waiting period for that beautiful baby girl or boy to adorn the world with their presence? Given the fact that men are obviously involved in the conception of the baby, where do they fit in the decision of pregnancy?

Working in a pregnancy center for almost 3 years, I saw and experienced defining moments of fatherhood in meeting with men dealing with the sensitive decision of abortion. A biblical discussion of fatherhood, related to the decision of abortion, appears to be slipping between the spiritual cracks of our churches and even in our discipleship methods. The pregnancy center is a place that brings awareness, shows grace, and prays for the hope of unborn children and their parents to experience God’s love for them. We must be made aware of the distinct role that fathers have in leading through the process of thinking through abortion, and what that means for the immediate and long-term future of that mother and child. Far too often in our television shows, especially those with a family theme, we see the man is a bumbling, forgetful idiot who has to listen to his wife to get things right. Now, don’t get me wrong. I have 10 years of marriage that screams, “Listen to your wife!” and I encourage listening early and often. But we fathers have a role that God commands of us, a role our wives and children need us to embrace.

Men should not be silent about the subject of abortion. National pregnancy statistics show us that over 80% of women that hear a simple statement from the father such as “Baby, we can do this”, 80% of the time choose life for that baby. At the specific center where I worked, from August 2014 until August 2015, we saw dramatic statistics.

  • For pregnancy test clients who had involvement in the decision from the father: 19% were assessed Abortion Minded
  • For clients who stated father involvement was uncertain: 50% were assessed as Abortion Minded
  • For clients who stated father involvement was non-existent: 59% were assessed as Abortion Minded

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SOURCE: The Front Porch
Gary J. Freeman