‘I wish I could have prevented my girlfriend’s abortion’

Posted By on September 12, 2014

It seems little has been said about what men suffer when their children are murdered by the mother carrying them. One man tells his story of fighting to persuade a woman enraptured by the promises of the dealt culture, that is feminism and women’s liberation movement, and her supposed right to choose.

From The Telegraph, by Tom Perry

I wanted the baby and hoped I could change her mind. Photo: Almay

I wanted the baby and hoped I could change her mind. Photo: Almay

Following the recent UK release of Obvious Child, a rom-com film about abortion, Daily Mail columnist Bel Mooney yesterday shared her personal experience with abortion and declared that her decision to terminate her unborn child was “no big deal”.

However, for many, abortion is a big deal that can leave regrets long after that choice is made. It is also a choice that has an impact on men as well as women, even though the media rarely presents the experience of abortion from a male point of view. Perhaps the general assumption is that abortion doesn’t really affect men. Perhaps I would have shared that assumption had I not lived through it myself.

Several years ago, I met a woman just a few months after I returned to London following a stint in America, my home country, for work. I fell for Jenny* from the start – her cherubic smile and her silky hair warmed my heart. Above all, we shared a love for life and a determination to leave the world a better place than we found it. I felt as though Jenny understood me in a way that few others did.

We spoke on the phone each night after work and spent the weekends together, exploring London and enjoying each other’s company. Even so, I found it hard to see where things stood with us. Jenny artfully straddled a line between friendship and a relationship. She would show and tell me how much she enjoyed our time together, but then she’d tell me that I “deserved better” than her. We would make love one night and then part ways the next morning for work with nothing more than a quick goodbye kiss; she would coolly approach her train platform without a single glance back.

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