Updated 2019 05 01, to add epilogue.
Nov. 8, 2010By Hilary White
Young Pro-Life Father Nearly Lost Son to Abortion: Says Fathers Have No Legal Rights
DUBLIN, November 8, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) — Joseph Lee, who serves as the development officer for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children in Scotland, is the father of a four-year-old boy. But he almost lost his son just over four years ago, thanks to the fact that Britain’s abortion laws do not allow men to be taken into account in abortion decisions….(Full Story)
Joseph Lee and his girlfriend are to be congratulated that their son is alive and apparently well, but the story at LifeSiteNews.com states absolutely nothing about whether Joseph Lee is a part of the life of his son or whether his son has been condemned, like millions of other children, to grow up fatherless, without the presence of his father in his life.
The article focuses entirely on the fact that Lee prayed for his unborn son’s life, how it came about that the expecting mother decided not to go through with “her” abortion, and that the boy is now alive. The story does not even let us know whether the boy is in the custody of his mother.
It could be that both Joseph Lee and his girlfriend live happily together, raising the son they conceived through their act of love. It could be that the boy was given up for adoption. The article doesn’t say.
Mind you, after having stated that Joseph Lee “pointed out that ‘it’s very rare’ to see anything written about the rights of the father in the abortion debate.” he is quoted as having said,
“Even in pro-life circles — abortion lobbyists are focused on women’s rights,” he said. “Pro-lifers tend to rightly focus on the child. Most counselors focus on the woman, but there’s nothing really that focuses on the father.”
Ironically, even in a pro-life article by LifeSiteNews.com that highlights that curiously blinkered view of fathers’ rights and how even pro-lifers cannot force themselves to remove their blinkers, the vital bond between a boy and his father is being ignored. One cannot help but feel that such ignorance is no accident but either a powerful compulsion or perhaps and quite possibly deliberate.
Sorry to have to say it to LifeSiteNews.com, “You will not have much success with having those who wish to abort children about to be born stop their actions and instead respect the life they are about to snuff, unless you also respect and promote the rights of fathers to be within and with and not without their families and children.
Do that, or else the lives you help save will only find themselves in the fatherless society you help to create.”
A copy of this comment was sent to LifeSiteNews.com, as a letter to the editor. Stay tuned to see what happens next.
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