This post was co-authored by Kevin Burke, LSW, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, and Dr. Alveda King
The Silent No More Campaign’s Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion Initiative will be focusing on the impact of abortion all year long. In February, Black History Month, the impact of abortion on African-American women, men and families will be discussed.
We know that families today face many challenges…but an absent father is one of the most important factors in the mental, physical and spiritual health of our children and our communities. Statistics clearly show that having an absent father leads to an increase in poverty, emotional and behavioral problems, health issues, physical and sexual abuse, addictions and criminal activity and ultimately in some cases, incarceration.
How do we begin to reverse these deadly cycles, especially in our minority communities? We need to focus on a subject that few politicians, community and religious leaders and social scientists address when confronting these complicated issues – abortion and men. Most importantly, we need to reach out to men of color who have been part of an abortion decision with a message of education, repentance and healing.
A man who has experienced life with an absent father and some level of abuse and neglect is at higher risk for serious problems after abortion because of the deeper damage inflicted on his manhood/fatherhood when he fails to protect his unborn child from the abortionist knife. This is a complex dynamic that can feed in a powerful way the problems many young men of color face today.
The men in our King Family Legacy, our fathers and grandfather fiercely regarded the sanctity of life. Uncle ML King once said: ” Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Daddy King, my grandfather saved me from abortion and years later saved one of my sons from abortion by promising to stand by the parents as long as help was needed. My Daddy, AD King was very protective of me until he was killed. I write about this in my book at www.kingrulesbook.com.
Yes, the paternal voice is powerful in the life of a child. We will look at this important issue more closely in future blogs in the month of February.
A good way to join us on this journey, so essential to the future of our nation is to hear a father share his own story.
Passionlife has just posted an interview with Hip Hop Artist, Lecrae who shares about his abortion loss. It is a powerful account so take a moment to hear his story.