Monthly Archives: February 2017

Not for the Faint of Heart!

As you will see below…this subject is not for the faint of heart. My friend Brad Mattes says it perfectly (written below) when he says a person needs a “spine of steel” to introduce this topic. I read my friends article this week and wanted to make sure my circle of friends read it also. Please take the time to let this subject sink in and recognize the millions of fathers who are walking around with the gaping wound of abortion…

It takes a spine of steel in today’s political climate to introduce this type of legislation.

Did the bill’s sponsor anticipate the level of vitriol he’d receive in response?

Regardless of the likelihood of its success, this was a positive move to give voice to those who have been all but forgotten in the abortion debate.

Rep. Justin Humphrey of the Oklahoma State Legislature sparked a heated debate when he introduced HB 1441 which would require a woman first provide “written informed consent of the father” of the unborn baby before having an abortion.

Rep. Humphrey justified the bill saying, “The thing that I wanted to spark in a debate is that fathers have a role…This is about making men responsible for their part in the birthing process…to bring fathers back into their role…”

As you can imagine, reaction from pro-abortion activists was swift and, well, even more outrageous than usual.

James Owens, NARAL state communications director, called HB 1441 a “dangerous escalation of efforts by a radical fringe to impose their rigid ideology on the rest of us.” He also claimed the bill gave men “veto power over all of life’s decisions,” and accused pro-life legislators of demonstrating “backward ideology.”

Mr. Owens might want to consider decaf.

Pro-abortion activist, Diane Horvath-Cosper, lashed out accusing the Oklahoma Legislature of attempting to “shame, burden and degrade women.”

These comments are further evidence that radical feminism has hijacked the abortion conversation. They’ve imposed an all-or-nothing right of the woman to decide whether or not the child lives or dies. Radical feminism ignores the biologic reality that both a male and female contribute different-but-equal parts of DNA when conceiving a child.

Bringing fathers back into the equation isn’t “shaming” or “degrading” women. Nor is it “backward ideology” to incorporate modern medical science — the fact that it takes two to conceive children — when dialoguing on a critical issue of life or death. It would be imposing a “rigid ideology” not to. Dads have a right to be heard. This is their baby too.

The chance of this bill becoming law is unlikely. In 1992, the US Supreme Court ruled in Planned Parenthood of Southeast Pennsylvania v Casey that it was an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to abortion to even require a husband be merely informed before his wife aborts their baby.

The laws of society tell men that if a woman chooses to give their baby life, he is to step up to the plate and fully engage his emotions and financial resources to provide for and protect the child until legal maturity.

On the other hand, if the woman decides to kill their baby by abortion, he is expected to totally disengage his God-given instincts to love and protect his child and move on as if the baby never existed.

We can’t have it both ways. This is a cruel and impossible expectation imposed upon fathers.

I have counseled many fathers who’ve lost a child to abortion and walked alongside their journey of grief, shame and anguish. Watching a man sob for the child he was powerless to protect makes you look at fathers’ rights from a different perspective.

And it should.

I have seen the look of shock on a man’s face when I called him “father,” a title no one had ever granted to him before. Until that instant, he hadn’t even considered in his own mind that the brief life of his unborn child literally made him a dad.

It is a powerful moment.

Millions of men have bought into the lie that they have no right or obligation to protect their unborn babies from the violence of abortion and they are now paying the price. Stress related to the loss of a child to abortion is wreaking havoc on the psyche of millions of men.

Drs. Arthur B Shostak and Gary McLouth wrote about their own abortion experiences in Men and Abortion, Lessons, Losses and Love.  Their research demonstrates that eight-percent of men who have experienced abortion may have been seriously affected psychologically.

If so, Roe v Wade has created over 4.7 million walking-wounded fathers – men who are daily struggling with a past abortion.

If you know one of these grieving fathers, we have a website dedicated to him with excellent resources. There is also a safe place where he can request a peer-to-peer or licensed counselor to walk with him through his grief.

Men deserve a place at the table when the lives of their children hang in the balance. If HB 1441 gets the discussion started, that’s a very good beginning.

Working to protect fathers too,

Bradley Mattes
President, Life Issues Institute

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Every month I like to talk with our chapter leaders and help them in any way that we can. This month we are talking about using abortion recovery as an outreach to your community through your church or pregnancy center. YOU can lower the abortion rate by simply offering SaveOne. Yes that may be an audacious claim, but we are seeing this claim lived out in lives every day around our world. Contact our office to find out how by visiting saveone.org

Transform Your Community with 1 Simple Step

What an awesome year it has been already! We have added 3 new chapters, with twice as many in the works. Please welcome Golconda, IL; Pinedale, WY; and Casper, WY.

We couldn’t be happier with TWO pregnancy centers and a church now having a new avenue of outreach. When these leaders start advertising they offer SaveOne abortion recovery, they will begin to change the stigma of the Church. People in their communities will know immediately they are able to enter these buildings and feel love and acceptance, not judgment and condemnation. 

SaveOne as an outreach for your church or pregnancy center results in a lasting, loving, and transforming change. Here are a few things you experience or observe when you start using SaveOne to reach out to your community:

*Love shown to those who feel rejected after this choice

*Marriages reconciled through forgiveness after the abortion

*Lives transformed through the healing power of Jesus Christ

*Salvation found by those who are healing from the experience

*Men becoming the heads of their households again

*Women allowing the past to no longer dictate their future

*Families restored and healthy relationships formed

*The freedom to openly talk about abortion without mentioning controversial politics

These are just a few of the benefits added to YOUR church and community when you take SaveOne as your own and start reaching outside the four walls of the church. By welcoming those who feel damaged and rejected by the Church, the Church suddenly becomes a place of acceptance to those who had felt it a place of condemnation. The enemy loves to tell the post-abortive to keep the abortion a secret because of the Church’s response, but SaveOne proves that being open about the experience sets people free:

“The ministry of SaveOne has literally exploded in our church. When we first offered the class at Cornerstone Church, I thought I might discover the subject was taboo. The response was quite the opposite. I have watched men and women discover that forgiveness and cleansing really are available for every sin and mistake. The people of my church are so absolutely behind the ministry that I have enjoyed riding the wave of momentum with them as SaveOne has reached far beyond the walls of the local church to offer hope to an incredibly damaged part of our society.”  Maury Davis, Head Pastor, Cornerstone Church, Madison, TN

If you would like for SaveOne to be in your church, contact us and we will help you every step of the way. To be an official chapter of SaveOne, the cost is FREE and the results are phenomenal. Hope to hear from you soon!

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