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. The following information about men and abortion highlights what is real, helpful literature and on line resources.
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 22 days after conception. Now is the time to learn about your unborn child. MORE
Right to Life of Michigan Educational Resource Centers have literature to help men facing an untimely pregnancy or to help those processing an abortion experience. Contact a resource center near you for assistance with brochures and books.
Forgotten Fathers - This introduction to post-abortion counseling for men helps clarify the anger, resentment and confusion that a man may feel after his partner's abortion.
Men and Abortion: A Path to Healing by C.T. Coyle
This new study is the only prolife book ever written specifically for men who have been hurt by a personal involvement with abortion. It focuses on the specific problems experienced by post-abortion men, including anger, helplessness, guilt, relationship problems and grief.
Healing a Father's Heart by Linda Cochrane and Kathy Jones
This insightful Bible study is for men touched by abortion. Wrapped in God’s love and forgiveness, men are encouraged to move from denial to acceptance.
Wednesday Mourning by Mary VerWys
This book was written by a sidewalk counselor in Michigan. Mary volunteers outside of an abortion clinic to let mothers know about abortion alternatives. Mary shares the experiences of men who were involved in abortion decisions.
Help is available
Not sure where to turn when facing an untimely pregnancy? Michigan has more than 150 prolife pregnancy help centers, adoption agencies and social service organizations. These centers provide many services at no cost. Find help through counseling, adoption referrals, ultrasound or material assistance. You can also call 1-877-LIFE OPTIONS for help. PREGNANCY HELP LISTINGS
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On line, immediate help with pregnancy, abortion, and adoption information is available through confidential email and chat room counseling.
Priests for Life has the post-abortion testimony of men whose children were aborted.
The Elliott Institute has post-abortion testimonials, research on how men are involved in the abortion decision, and healing resources developed especially for men.
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. MORE
"TALK ABOUT IT"
Radio program explores the role of men in abortion
Pastor Christopher Brooks, Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries in Detroit, addresses the topic of Men and Abortion on his radio program, Equipped for Life. The program originally aired on February 2, 2011. Pastor Brooks' interview with two men gives invaluable insight into the role men play in abortion and its effect on them.
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Audio provided courtesy of Equipped For Life radio broadcast with host Pastor Christpher W. Brooks.