Why the Pro-Life Movement Must Also Reach Out to Men
These are facts, which are both indisputable and indispensable to human life on earth. When it boils down to physically bringing a baby boy or a baby girl into the world, it is the woman’s body, not the man’s body, that God has created to bring new human life into the world. So it is understandable that when the discussion is about abortion, abortion on demand, Roe v. Wade, or even Planned Parenthood, the focus is on women. However, it is also a fact that men are intimately involved in this equation. Top
The fact is, it is his baby, too.
Since the “Carnegie Stages of Early Human Embryonic Development” was first published in 1942, ² medical science has made it clear, that when the man’s sperm and the woman’s egg occupy the same space, the woman is a mother and the man is a father. While men respond very differently to abortion than women, men are nevertheless impacted by the loss of the child. So as the Pro-Life community compassionately builds programs to minister to women who have suffered the physical and emotional pain of abortion, the same Pro-Life community should also reach out to the men as well, with programs specifically crafted to meet their needs. Top
How can this be done?
“Reaching Men Matters” is an Issues4Life Foundation PowerPoint Presentation (below) that explores this issue in light of my experience as a sidewalk counselor in Oakland, California, talking with men involved in an abortion. ³ The presentation is designed to start discussions that lead to effective Pro-Life outreaches to men and can be freely shared. Top
Need more? Need to hear a voice that makes it absolutely clear that we have to reach men? Then read this letter from a man in prison serving a life sentence. This letter was written to Eva Muntean, co-founder of the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco. With his permission, Eva shared his letter with me. Thank you Eva!! I know you're listening. To read the letter, click here. Top
References1. George Skelton, “Many in Survey Who Had Abortion Cite Guilt Feelings,” Los Angeles Times, March 19, 1989, accessed July 29th, 2018 at: https://lat.ms/2Al9QIc. And at: https://bit.ly/2OmQHrC.
2. Dr. Dianne N. Irving (a former career-appointed bench research biochemist/biologist), “Human Embryology and Church Teachings,” LifeIssues.Net, accessed July 29th, 2018 at: https://bit.ly/2OrdAe8.
3. Walter B. Hoye II, “WATCH: Abortion Regret is Real, But There is Help, Hope, and Healing,” Black Community News, accessed July 29th, 2018 at: https://bit.ly/2vjTmdQ.
4. #LifeLongRegretIsReal YouTube Playlist, click here: https://bit.ly/2DBCghB.