Couples often disagree about having in abortion, says clinic worker

A pro-choice author describes how couples often disagree about what to do with an unplanned pregnancy:

“Leslie Rotenberg, the director of social services in the Margaret Sanger clinic of Planned Parenthood of New York City, reported that, when a couple comes in together, in half the cases the woman wants a child and the man doesn’t and in the other half it is the opposite. When it is the woman who wants to have the child, the most common response from the man is: “it isn’t fair. I should have a say if I’m going to be a father.” Rotenberg explained as tactfully as possible that he had a choice before he had sex.”

Alexander Sanger Beyond Choice: Reproductive Freedom in the 21st Century (New York: Public Affairs, 2004) 154 – 155

Alexander Sanger is the grandson of Margaret Sanger, the birth control crusader who was also a eugenicist and racist.

Sometimes when a man wants the pregnancy and a woman doesn’t, he tries to force her into having an abortion. In some cases, he turns violent. Women who refuse to have an abortion have been murdered.

On the other hand, many men have suffered feelings of loss and grief after their partners had an abortion either against their will or without their knowledge.

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Author: Sarah

Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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