SOUTHAMPTON, May 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Local media in southern England reported last week that a 39-year-old man committed suicide after his girlfriend told him she intended to abort their child.

Mark Horsted, a physical fitness trainer living in Hampshire, was found on March 15th by police after having hanged himself, reportedly following an argument with Victoria Lomas-Piddington. Miss Lomas-Piddington told the court that Horsted suffered from insecurities in their relationship and had threatened suicide in the past. 

An inquiry in Southampton Coroner’s Court was told that Mr. Horsted had confided to his family about his troubles. His sister, Lesley Lillis, said, “He confided about the troubles in their relationship, and the last thing being that she was aborting their child.” The court registered a ruling of suicide.

Colleagues have set up a memorial to him at the David Lloyd leisure centre where he worked, the Salisbury Journal reports. 

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One of the least talked-about aspects of the abortion debate is its impact on men who lose the chance to be fathers by laws that place the “choice” to kill a child exclusively in the hands of the mother. Even now, with the pro-life community widely aware of the severe consequences of abortion on mothers, little research, and even less counseling is being done for the fathers of aborted children.

A number of studies have shown that men share many of the same emotions as women over abortion, including guilt, anger, grief, shame and depression, after the fact. Added to this is the problem for men, who naturally desire to protect their children, of being legally disenfranchised by a system that allows them no say.

Arthur Shostak, an emeritus professor of sociology at Drexel University, is the author of the 1984 book “Men and Abortion: Lessons, Losses, and Love,” which surveyed men while they were in the wait rooms of abortion facilities. In 2000, Shostak polled 766 men in eleven clinics and found that “The sense of [feeling] powerless is great, and is aggravated by the remarkable loneliness of the men.”

Shostak noted too that the abortion industry almost completely ignores men, saying, “Once inside the clinic (having often had to pass through a gauntlet of vitriolic or prayerful anti-abortion protestors), males discover there is nothing for them save for nervous silent time-passing.”