Culture has sold us lies and one of them is that men can’t have a voice in this conversation.
I read this quote on a blog by Save the Storks recently and it so poignantly summed up our thoughts lately at the pregnancy center. We need men. This movement that we are a part of needs men. For far too long the world of unplanned pregnancies has been dominated with the idea that this is a women’s issue, so back off men- you don’t get to voice your opinion.
Here’s the deal, it IS a women’s issue. However, it is also a man’s issue. It’s an issue for all of humankind. Every child in the womb has both a mother and a father. In America, legally, the woman gets to decide the ultimate outcome of her pregnancy. Unfortunately, in claiming this legal right with such passion, we have actually silenced a very important and much needed voice…that child’s father.
God charged all of us to speak up, especially when we see injustice happening to those who can’t speak for themselves (Proverbs 31:8). At Hope, our thinking has shifted over the last few years. When the Lord told Mary she would give birth to Jesus, he could have left Joseph out of it. After all, he was not even the biological father. But, He didn’t. God exemplified for us that the best situation for a child is to have an involved mother and father. He not only sent an angel to appear to Mary, but he sent an angel to Joseph, as well. He confirmed His will to both Mary and Joseph. This is an issue for both men and women.
When a woman contacts our center with an unplanned pregnancy, it is now our practice to encourage her to invite the father of the baby to her appointment. He is asked to be part of the conversation. While it may seem easier at times to leave him out, we want to follow God’s ultimate plan for successful families and that is for him to be involved. Our trained male Client Advocates play a vital role in helping this often uncertain man become a supportive, loving father.
Men, we invite you into the conversation. We value your opinions and we value you. This movement needs you. Hope Pregnancy Care Center needs male volunteers. Check out these amazing men and how they are influencing our culture for LIFE: Radiance Foundation founder and Factivist, Ryan Bomberger http://www.theradiancefoundation.org/ryan/, Save the Storks founder, Joe Baker https://savethestorks.com/about-us/our-story/ and Baltimore Ravens football player, Benjamin Watson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8xRLXqTKh0