Fathers Face Significant Trauma When Their Baby is Killed in an Abortion

Kevin Burke

There is a growing awareness that women who experienced ambivalence, pressure or coercion at the time of their abortion can suffer from a similar cluster of symptoms as other victims of emotional trauma.

But can men also experience emotional trauma associated with an abortion?

The diagnostic manual used by psychologists and psychiatrists lists two key features of psychological trauma:

The person has experienced, witnessed, or been confronted with an event or events that involve actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of oneself or others.
The person's response involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror.
Keeping these in mind, let's look at Jason's story.

Jason returned from the military and soon met Andrea, a childhood friend. She had a five-month-old daughter. Their renewed friendship developed into a romantic relationship.

After getting an apartment together, they decided to marry and build a life together.

A few years later Andrea shared the news she was pregnant. Jason's response: "I was thrilled! Kelly was almost three years old and now she'd have a baby brother or sister. I told everyone in my family and at work that I was going to be a daddy."

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