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Fatherhood Lost

HOW ABORTION AFFECTS MEN

By Eric Metexas | breakingpoint.org

daily_commentary_06_19_15It’s good that women are finally beginning to share the pain of their past abortions. But the fathers of those lost children need to be heard — and helped — as well.

ON FATHER’S DAY THIS SUNDAY, MANY DADS WILL BE BLESSED WITH COLORFUL SWEATERS, LOUD TIES, MAYBE A BURNED BREAKFAST FROM THEIR KIDS, AND LOTS OF HUGS AND KISSES.

But for some fathers out there, Father’s Day is a day of pain—a reminder of an ugly event in their lives: The day their unborn children were aborted.

As astonishing as it may seem, according to the experts, fathers of aborted children often feel even worse than mothers.

I recently interviewed my friend Brian Fisher on “The Eric Metaxas Show.” Brian is co-founder of Online for Life, and the author of a book titled “Abortion: The Ultimate Exploitation of Women,” in which he allows men to tell their stories.

As one father put it, “Hardly a day goes by that I don’t shudder and almost weep again for the murder I helped bring about . . .  My actions, despite my confession and repentance before [God], continue to rob much of the joy from my life.”

Another man—who tried to talk his wife out of her abortion—wrote: “My heart was crushed; this was pain I had never felt. Our family was broken and torn apart by this abortion.”

According to the research, Brian writes, “Men often experience . . . harmful effects from abortion, whether they wanted the abortion or not.”

He says, “While abortion seems to bring a sense of relief, [men] also report feeling anxiety, grief, guilt, and powerlessness.”

Abortion researcher Dr. Catherine Coyle concurs. She notes that when it comes to a decision about an unexpected pregnancy, men usually defer to their partner’s wishes. It’s only later that these fathers “suffer intense grief . . . as well as regret, helplessness, guilt, anxiety, anger, and emasculation.”

For some men, post-abortion suffering “may be so profound as to cause post-traumatic stress disorder” which may lead them to self-medicate with drugs.

Why do these dads suffer so much? It’s partly because they’re hard-wired to protect and care for their children. And on a gut level, these men know they have violated the moral law. A law that says it’s wrong to kill. They recognize that they behaved in a less than manly way by doing nothing while their child’s mother aborted their baby—or worse, by coercing the child’s mother and paying the abortionist.

No wonder they can’t sleep at night or take up drinking to forget their pain.

Now I’m glad to say that many fathers of aborted children are going public with their stories, just as post-abortive women are.

If you or a man you know is suffering from the loss of a child through abortion, help and healing is available by contacting www.menandabortion.net. You can also visit www.fatherhoodforever.org. We’ll have those links for you at BreakPoint.org. Just click on this commentary.

Friends, you and I need to share efforts to let men know what they may be in for if they push their partners into aborting their child. Educate yourself by reading books like the one by Brian Fisher. Start a Sunday School class on men and abortion, or speak to your church youth group. Make sure the young men you know realize that if they’re responsible for an unplanned pregnancy, they need to man up—or they may be in for a lifetime of regret.

And on Father’s Day this year, take a moment to say a prayer for the fathers for whom it is too late—the ones who won’t be receiving a loud tie or any other gift from their lost children. Pray that they will receive healing from the One who forgives and washes away our tears

4 Comments on “Fatherhood Lost”

  1. Pamela

    I believe that God is equipping His church with the knowledge that we so desperately need. Our focus has always been on the women and the hurt and pain they’re facing that we forgot totally about the men: FATHERS! I can’t help but to think that, that was just another ploy of Satan! Put all the attention on the helpmeet and forget the head! God knew exactly what He was doing when He created man first! And just because he (man) is the stronger one doesn’t mean he does not hurt and feel pain! Even, “Jesus wept. ” The shortest verse in the Bible but it holds so much POWER!

    God bless the Fathers and those that will never get to hold that child in their arms! But know that God our Father does heal and forgives!!!

  2. jack

    Fatherhood is supernatural. If you lose a child in any way, that’s a part of you that will be felted, and missed. It’s like phantom limb pain. The limb may not be there, but the pain is.

    1. AE

      I am not the father of an aborted child, but this article has bought tears to my eyes.So much attention has been given to the mothers (rightfully), that the father’s have pretty much been forgotten. For myself I am embarrassed to say I have never considered the emotional, physiological or mental state that abortion can have on men. Because of this article I now see differently, thank God that my eyes have been opened as well as my heart.To the men who are in pain I’m praying for you all, God Bless.

  3. Anthony Ellison

    This is such a profound article, just reading it bought me to tears. I’m not a father of an aborted child, and I never thought about the impact it has on men, WOW.Reading this has Changed my veiw dramatically, thank you for sharing it with me.And I pray continually for my Brothers.

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