The Stuff of Life

Whose Right?


“So there’s nothing I can do?” He called the Crisis Pregnancy Center where I was a volunteer. A young college student with a pregnant girlfriend. She wanted an abortion. He did not. The pain in his voice was genuine as he tried to wrestle his mind around the fact that he had no control over whether or not his child would make it into this world alive.

A rarity. That may be what you are thinking. Maybe so. Maybe young men like him are uncommon. Maybe most college-aged guys would want the quick “easy” way out of an unplanned pregnancy. But the fact is, his child was growing in his girlfriend’s womb, and he was desperate to keep the baby. But his desperation had to be laid at the feet of his girl.

I prayed for him, as did many of the other volunteers. But, as is often the case at a Crisis Pregnancy Center, I never learned of the outcome.  That young man may be the proud father of a little girl or boy, or he may have grieved the child he never knew.  Regardless of where he is today, he had no rights in the arena of his unborn child’s life.

Our society screams out for women’s rights, but in giving a pregnant woman the sole right to end her pregnancy, are we not also stripping away the father’s right to raise his child? Who’s right should it be anyway? Maybe what our society calls a right is not actually a right at all. Maybe it is simply wrong.

If abortion is merely about women’s right ladies and gentlemen, then what were mine? Gianna Jessen.


Author: Kim Harms

I am the wife of a guitar-playing, worship-leading, adventure-loving husband. I am the mother of three incredible sons: two of whom recently surpassed me in height, and one of whom I am going to pretend is still my baby. I am saved by grace; a daughter of the King who was and is and is to come. *** I am a regular contributor at Today’s Christian Woman, a monthly blogger at Inspire a Fire and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul and Guideposts. *** The 500 Dresses ministry that I started with my mom in 2010 is our way of answering the call to serve those in poverty.

2 thoughts on “Whose Right?

  1. It seems like in such a “progressive” society that giving fathers no rights is taking a giant step backwards. And, quite frankly, hypocritical coming from women who have struggled for their rights (equality in workplace, voting, etc.) for so many years.

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