It’s an important point of view that’s all but ignored in most discussions about freedom of “choice” versus the rights of the unborn.
The father of the baby is not factored into the equation most of the time.
The liberal media knock men’s feelings to the bottom rung when it comes to abortion. “Male emotions should never be the focus when dealing with an abortion,” says an article in Mel Magazine, “particularly in a political environment where men make the bulk of the decisions around regulating and funding women’s health care.”
Ahead of Father’s Day, on Sunday, June 17, one pro-life organization is aiming to shed light on dads who are deeply impacted by abortion.
Save the Stork’s specially outfitted vans are clinics on wheels, providing ultrasounds, resources, and long-term help to women who are considering ending a life. This project gives expectant mothers the opportunity to explore all of their options — at no cost.
“Four out of five women who board a Stork Bus and see an ultrasound choose life for their baby,” the group’s website explains.
The organization, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is also giving voice to post-abortive men — a population with very little input on the issue in the past. It’s doing so through a new video campaign called #ChooseFatherhood (see the video, just above).
The six-part video series features four men who’ve decided to emerge from the shadows to share their personal stories of pain and heartbreak — the result of someone close to them having had, or having nearly had, an abortion.
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To date, more than 55 million men have experienced the grief, heartache, and ongoing guilt of abortion, the video claims.
The anecdotes are as powerful as they are heart-wrenching to watch.
The project is also an indictment of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, and the abortion industry as a whole.
“I remember the whir of the motor and seeing these tubes that were being filled with red and white and the sound of suction,” said one interviewee bluntly. “[Then] it all stopped. The room was silent and they said, ‘We’re done.'”
“I called her on the phone and said, ‘Look, you need to keep this baby. I will be there with you every step of the way.'”
“It was too easy. It was too quick,” he added. “I wish that someone had been out in front of that Planned Parenthood [building] just to offer information and alternatives. I wish that there had been opportunities to know about other choices.”
And while another interviewee admits he was “adamant” that his girlfriend terminate the pregnancy, even offering to pay for it, somehow, for him, light emerged from darkness.
“There was something profound that hit me,” he said. “It was like the wind was blowing and I immediately had this epiphany,” he remembered. “So I called her on the phone and said, ‘Look, you need to keep this baby. I will be there with you every step of the way.'”
Thousands of women have changed their mind on abortion after visiting a Stork Bus. Why so many?https://t.co/Y1CZCTcgVj
— Save the Storks (@savethestorks) May 11, 2018
Today, his son, who made a cameo in the video, is eight years old. “He completely changed my life,” said the grateful father. “I’m so glad I didn’t choose free will and make that mistake.”
Beyond aiming to save innocent lives, the video series aims to impart to viewers that the emotional and psychological toll of terminating a soul far exceeds the duration of the procedure itself.
For some, the pain lasts a lifetime.
Elizabeth Economou is a former CNBC staff writer and adjunct professor. Follow her on Twitter.