Kenny Rogers Song “Water And Bridges” Showed A Father’s Pain After His Child Was Killed In Abortion

Steven Ertelt

In an abortion debate that is wrongly considered just a “women’s issue,” the pain that men feel about a past abortion is often lost in the shuffle. But millions of men who may have prompted or agreed with their partner’s decision to have an abortion often face regret years later. And often times the baby is killed in an abortion that the father never wanted or supported.

Longtime country music singer Kenny Rogers, who passed away today, was known for his romantic touch and everyman approach. But a lesser-known song he sang later in his career highlighted a father’s abortion pain — the title track from one of his later albums, Water and Bridges.

The album had an older Rogers, whose hits spanned several decades, looking back on life.

Though the tune isn’t about him, Rogers told CNN at the time it came out that “Water and Bridges” was “really about choices you make when you’re young that you pay for when you’re old.”

“It’s an interesting — it starts off with a young couple who have an abortion,” Rogers explained. “And the guy says, ‘If a father could hold his son, I could undo what’s been done, but I guess everyone is living with water and bridges.’”

Dr. Wayne Brauning, the founder of Men’s Abortion ReCovery, knows many men who feel the pain of an abortion that occurred during their relationship with a woman.

“Men have told me that they knew they were guilty of getting the woman pregnant, of pressuring her to get an abortion, or of not coming to the rescue of the child,” Brauning writes.

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