Fox News doctor: Loving fathers should be able to veto abortion
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 11, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Men should be able to prohibit their children from being aborted if they’re prepared to care for them, a well-known psychiatrist has said.
"You know, I’ve been outspoken on this," Dr. Keith Ablow stated last Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s Outnumbered program. "I think men should be able to veto women’s abortions if they’re willing to care for the child after it’s born."
The candid physician, author, and Fox News contributor was part of a discussion on the controversy of which parent should get custody of frozen embryos, and made several comments in favor of fathers having a say in their pre-born children’s future.
"The bottom line is, 'Why would a woman’s right to decide what to do with a frozen embryo trump a man’s right every time?'" Ablow asked.
“It’s not a coin toss,” he said, “it’s about whoever wants that potential being to survive — that’s who wins.”
Ablow has spoken out in the past about fathers having a say in the abortion issue.
"The abortion debate has left one issue largely off the table," he wrote on FoxNews.com. "The proper rights of men to prevent the abortion of their children.
“If a man has participated in creating a new life and is fully willing to parent his child (independently, if necessary), why should he not have any control over whether that life is ended?” Ablow queried.
He also attributed father absenteeism to men being deprived of a voice in the abortion debate.
“We are ignoring the quiet message that current abortion policy conveys to every American male,” Ablow wrote. “You have no voice in, and, therefore, no responsibility for, the pregnancies which you help to create. Your descendants are disposable, at the whim of the women you choose to be intimate with.”
“Whether stated or not,” he continued, “the underlying message of withholding from men their proper rights to father the children they create is that they are not proper custodians, nor properly responsible, for their children.”
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“The notion that there is no emotional injury done men by depriving them of decision-making power as to whether the children they father are aborted is naïve,” Ablow stated, before citing instances he’s encountered in his medical practice of men grieving abortion.
He acknowledged the existence of unknown psychological consequences for women compelled to carry their children to term, but also questioned whether they would be greater than those of men forced to end the lives of unborn children they love.
"It’s time to give men their due as fathers - from the moment of conception,” Ablow said.