Abortion advocates often bring up tragic cases when women have been sexually abused or have health complications to defend abortion.
But reasons do not matter to the law. Abortion is legal up to 24 weeks in many parts of the United States and the UK for any reason. The woman can have an abortion because she wants a boy instead of a girl, because her child has a cleft lip, or even because she simply does not want to be a parent.
In a recent post on Mumsnet, a British parenting advice website, a 31-year-old woman said she is thinking about aborting her unborn baby because the baby’s father is an older man, according to The Sun.
The woman, who is not named in the report, said she and her 54-year-old boyfriend planned to have a baby together, but now that she is pregnant, she is having second thoughts.
“Is it cruel of me to have a child with a man so much older, knowing that he will probably die while DC (dear child) is still relatively young?” she wrote.
“Will I still fancy him in 5, 10 years or more? Can I really see myself with a 70ish year old at the age of 45?” she continued. “I have spent countless hours in tears and almost physically sick with anxiety – I just don’t know what to do.
“We have talked a bit and I know he will stand by me whatever I decide, but our relationship is unlikely to survive a termination.”
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Their unborn baby – already a unique, living human being – would not survive, either.
Some commenters responded by sharing that they had wonderful experiences as children of older dads, while others told the woman to do what ever she thinks is best, according to the report.
As ridiculous of a reason as it sounds to kill your unborn child, it is legal. One would hope the woman will see the value of her child and refuse to give into her fears. No matter what circumstances a child is born into, the child deserves a right to life. Society does not condone killing babies after birth because of their parents’ ages or preferences. It should not be any different for unborn babies.
Mumsnet later removed the post. Administrators said they deleted it because of privacy concerns.