In many ways men and women respond very differently to the loss of a child from abortion.
According to Bradley Mattes in "Men and Abortion: An Overview", Instinct drives men to achieve success in five key areas of their lives. Men are often defined by their ability to: [enjoy] pleasure, procreate, provide, protect and perform. Society often judges a man based on his ability to be successful at these five areas. When a man experiences abortion, these key elements of life are seriously damaged, or often totally obliterated.
Pleasure. Sexual pleasure and pleasure in life.
Procreate. Idea of having offspring of his own flesh and blood — carrying on the family name or bloodline.
Provide. He instinctively knows that this new family will look to him for many of the day-to-day necessities. It is important that he succeeds in providing for them.
Protect. Man is highly programmed to protect his family. The need for a man to protect his offspring should not be underestimated.
Perform. Performance encompasses man’s ability to perform in various aspects of life. Job performance — the income it generates, the social standing it provides and the attained admiration of his peers. Successful performance in the social arena secures friendships and helps a man achieve his desire for pleasure.
“Abortion cripples a man because it keeps him from making that passage to maturity at profound level."
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