A Message to the Fathers

Pope Benedict addressed the Pontifical Academy for Life in February of 2011. Speaking of abortion, he said, “It would be useful to focus attention on the fathers of the children, who often abandon pregnant women. It is the duty of the moral conscience to discern good from evil in the different situations of existence. Abortion blinds the conscience of the child’s father, often ruining family life.”

While men can’t have abortions, they do commit the sin of abortion. The “abandonment” of which the Pope speaks often consists in the man saying it is the woman’s choice. This makes her feel alone and desperate, and increases the temptation to abort. The man, instead, is called to stand with the woman and the baby and say, “we can do the right thing.”

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