An international men's movement is calling on men to take responsibility for the preborn.
When a woman becomes pregnant, oftentimes her male partner pushes for abortion or simply deserts her – and pressures inflicted on her ultimately send her to an abortuary. Ken Harrison, chairman of Promise Keepers, likens the situation to the biblical account of Adam and Eve and the apple when God inquired of Adam … and he blamed the woman God had made. (Genesis 2 and 3)
"And abortion is one of these things where we as men have gladly allowed culture to tell us that we don't get a say in it because then we get to blame women for everything. So we get to have sex in a gratuitous, promiscuous way with women – and then when they get pregnant we say, Well, you know, abortion – that's all your choice … and if you kill the baby, [we say] God that woman that you made did it."
But the Bible teaches that God expects men to do several things in that situation, chief of which is to take responsibility for the child. That's the perspective Promise Keepers is taking.
"If you sin and have sex outside of marriage, you need to repent," Harrison instructs. "And if you get that woman pregnant, you need to stay and take care of that baby financially, physically, spiritually, emotionally. You need to be a father to that baby."
Statistics show consistently that the child of an absent father is more likely to drop out of school, get involved in crime, and suffer from alcohol and drug abuse. Harrison contends if the father would become involved, the rate of abortion would likely drop by about 70%.