Thank moth­ers on Fa­thers’ Day

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

On Fa­thers’ Day, we honor and thank those men who have com­mit­ted them­selves to the awe­some and of­ten dif­fi­cult job of rais­ing good, right­eous chil­dren, es­pe­cially in these sin­ful times. But we should rec­og­nize that be­ing a fa­ther in the United States is not a right that a man can de­mand, but is a de­ci­sion left to­tally to the preg­nant woman.

On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court is­sued two de­ci­sions that gave each preg­nant woman the ex­clu­sive au­thor­ity to de­cide whether the child in her womb lives or dies. She does not even need the knowl­edge or con­sent of the un­born child’s fa­ther. A man may have got­ten a woman preg­nant and she may be “car­ry­ing his child,” but it is her de­ci­sion alone as to whether or not the preg­nancy is con­tin­ued or ter­mi­nated by abor­tion.

With the ex­cep­tion of chil­dren born to women who didn’t have ac­cess to an abor­tion, ev­ery­one born in the U.S. af­ter that date is a re­sult of a pro-life de­ci­sion by the mother. Any man who has chil­dren born af­ter that date and is proud of be­ing a fa­ther should thank the mother(s) for giv­ing him that op­por­tu­nity. Like­wise, any­one born af­ter that date should thank his or her mother for be­ing pro-life, choos­ing to con­tinue the preg­nancy and even­tu­ally giv­ing them life.

Some men mea­sure and brag about their mas­culin­ity based on the num­ber of chil­dren they have fa­thered. Those men can’t be so cocky any­more, be­cause with the Supreme Court abor­tion de­ci­sions, they can only have the chil­dren women al­lowed them to have. Robert Boudreaux, Wal­dorf

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