The first US conference to focus on the effects of abortion on men concluded today at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco.
I remember at our San Fancisco Walk for Life where men had signs expressing regret for lost fatherhood. The conference focused on this theme.
Vickie Thorn, the executive director of NOPARH and founder of Project Rachel for post-abortive women observed:
"The model to help men with post-abortion healing has to be different than for women.”
She said that grieving men can't be forgotten, "After all, it takes two parents.
Men have a different way of dealing with these issues. While with women, the emphasis is on talking and crying, men have different ways to deal with their grief. "
"There is grief for the child but many times it focuses more on the loss within himself, that he didn't make the transition into fatherhood."
The two-day conference, featured experts, including therapists, from a variety of backgrounds and countries, speaking about men's healing process after abortion; abortion's effects on men's spirituality; fatherhood and abortion; and why men who have been involved in abortion come for help.