Why is This Dad Using Father’s Day to Defend Abortion?

Opinion   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jun 17, 2016   |   5:56PM   |   Washington, DC

Because abortion activists are supporting his election campaign, that’s why.

Brad Avakian is running for secretary of state in Oregon, and recently wrote a Father’s Day column for Refinery 29 about why he supports abortions. A note at the beginning of the column explains that the radical pro-abortion group NARAL provided Avakian’s piece to the website. Free publicity for his campaign and for NARAL.

Of course, Avakian mentions his election campaign only briefly. Most of his piece is ripped right out of the pro-abortion playbook. He says he supports abortion because he wants his daughter, Claire, and son, Nathan, to have equal opportunities in life. And other fathers should, too.

“Reproductive freedom is important to making this possible — and there is no reproductive freedom without access to safe and legal abortion,” he writes. “I trust my daughter to make the best decision for her future.”

Avakian goes on to say that he will support his daughter if she someday decides to “terminate a pregnancy.” He makes no mention whatsoever of the grandchild whose life he would support destroying.

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In a roundabout way, Avakian then accuses pro-lifers of passing laws that “unfairly target and limit women.” Though he does not go into specifics, it isn’t hard to guess what these laws are. NARAL, which endorsed Avakian in February, opposes any laws that regulate abortion in any way. These include common-sense laws such as parental consent for minors, informed consent requirements that ensure women receive information about all their options and the risks of abortion, abortion clinic regulations, and late-term abortion bans.

Avakian ends his Father’s Day column by promising to be a “champion of choice” for women in America.

“At the end of the day, women, not politicians, are the experts of their own lives,” he writes. “This means we must trust them to make their own decisions about their futures and — as fathers, and brothers, and husbands, and men for choice — do everything we can to support them along the way.”

But NARAL only advocates for one “choice” – abortion. The group even works to thwart the efforts of pro-life pregnancy centers that offer women life-affirming choices and support.

And when it comes to fathers, NARAL does not want them to have rights or choices about their unborn child either. Because of the abortion laws that they support, fathers in the U.S. have no legal right to protect their unborn child from an abortion, even though the child is biologically just as much theirs as the woman’s.

As a result, millions of fathers all across America do not have children to celebrate with on Father’s Day. Their children were aborted because they, like their fathers, were not given a choice.