Men and Abortion
The issue of abortion for a man is a paradox. While a man has no legal right in a woman’s abortion decision, he does have, as studies have uncovered, significant influence regarding the life of his unborn child. Abortion creates loss not only for women, but for men, too. Men are not alone when faced with an untimely pregnancy. Every man needs to be armed with the facts and be open to talk about real options.
Help is Available
Michigan has more than 150 prolife pregnancy help centers, adoption agencies and social service organizations. Many of these centers provide services directly to men or can refer men to nearby resources, whether it’s help with a crisis pregnancy situation or struggling with a history involving abortion. You can also call 1-877-LIFE OPTIONS for help.
A Man's Legal Rights and Abortion
In 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court declared in Planned Parenthood v. Danforth that laws requiring the consent of the husband for abortion are unconstitutional. This precedent of zero legal rights for fathers remains in effect.
Abortion doesn’t just effect women; it can impact the men involved as well, even family members. Post-Abortion Syndrome (or PAS) is a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Symptoms may occur immediately following the abortion, but they may also develop years later or come to the surface around the anniversary of the abortion, the expected due date of the baby, or major holidays and celebrations. Guilt about a past abortion can even impact men who didn’t encourage or push the abortion involving their child. Learn more about the emotional and behavioral effects that abortion can also have on men and find resources for post-abortion help and counseling.
Fetal Development Facts
Every new and unique human being begins his or her life at the moment of conception. The development from single cell to birth is fast paced. An unborn child’s heart begins beating just 21 days after conception. Now is the time to learn about your unborn child.
Abortion Methods and Pictures
Anyone who wants to understand the issue of abortion must understand how abortions work and their effect on children in the womb. Abortion is an inherently violent procedure that causes the death of a unique and developing human being. (Warning: images on this page are extremely graphic!)
Men and Abortion Network
This network promotes emotional healing for men who have lost a child to abortion and creates awareness regarding its impact.
Life Issues Institute
This prolife group is based in Ohio and has a variety of prolife resources for men.
Priests for Life
Read post-abortion testimonies of men whose children were aborted.
The Elliott Institute
Find post-abortion testimonials, research on how men are involved in the abortion decision, and healing resources developed especially for men.