When Tina* discovered she was pregnant, her mom demanded she have an abortion.
But Tina’s boyfriend, Kent*, wanted to give his unplanned child the love of a father – something that he never knew. Kent called Care Net’s Pregnancy Decision Line for advice – and with his wholehearted support Tina decided to keep their baby. For Tina, Kent’s unswerving commitment to her and their baby was the assurance she needed to make a life-affirming choice.
According to Care Net’s national study on abortion, the father is the single most influential factor in a woman’s decision to abort or keep their baby.
As we celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16, I believe that men, and fathers like Kent, have a pivotal role to play in creating a culture of life in America – and especially a culture that embraces the “abundant life” that Jesus talks about in the Gospel of John (John 10:10). That’s why Care Net is not just pro-life – we’re Pro Abundant Life! We envision a culture where women and men faced with pregnancy decisions are transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ and empowered to choose not just life for their unborn children but also abundant life for their families.
You see, some in our nation holds certain “core values” that contribute to what has become known as an “abortion culture.” The question is, how do we nurture life-affirming values in our society and reduce the demand for abortion?
Proponents of abortion often rely on isolation, enmity (between the sexes, among families, and between the classes) and detachment. These “values,” if you will, are given friendly names that have the appearance of virtues. Isolation is framed as independence. Enmity is framed as social consciousness. Detachment is framed as freedom.
But these values are not virtues. Instead, they cause women and men facing tough pregnancy decisions to think that abortion is their only choice. But it’s not.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Roland C. Warren