Man Defends Helping a Girl He Dated Abort His Child: “I’m So Glad I’m Not a Father”

Opinion   |   Emily Derois   |   Jul 5, 2016   |   10:58AM   |   Washington, DC

Elite Daily editor Oliver McAteer (pictured) recently revealed his heartbreaking experience of aborting his own child to promote acceptance of abortion in society. Elite Daily posted an article by the young father, who described how he helped his girlfriend procure an abortion.

McAteer was 19 when his co-worker called to say she was pregnant with his child. They had worked together in the French Alps for ski season, and dated for about a month after returning to England. McAteer explained that their feelings for each other had subsided when he got the news.

McAteer described how he was terrified at this sudden news. Yet despite his understandable fear, McAteer explained that he was ready to take responsibility for his child, if his girlfriend had the baby.

“I was ready to sacrifice everything to be there as a dad if that was what she wanted, but at the end of the day, I knew we weren’t ready, we weren’t in love.”

His girlfriend wanted an abortion, so he took her to Planned Parenthood. McAteer described the day: “We went to a Planned Parenthood clinic the next day. Interview after interview ensued, and she was taken away by doctors to make sure she wasn’t being unfairly pressured by me. It was a horrible experience.”

They were told they would be put on a waiting list for having an abortion on the National Health Service in England. After realizing how long the list was, the young couple decided to have a private abortion the next day.

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McAteer said he stayed with his girlfriend until she was ready to leave the abortion facility. He left the following day and never spoke to her again.

McAteer reflected on how their decision changed his life: “It’s crazy to think I’d be the father of a 6-year-old right now. I’m so glad that’s not the case, but not because I don’t have a kid. Sure, I was totally unprepared for parenthood and my life would’ve been completely different — but I would’ve done it. I’m happy because we were able to make the decision that was best for both of us, together. I have no doubt to this day that it’s what she wanted.”

His purpose in recounted this story was to help normalize abortion. He stated that the United States in particular “stigmatizes” abortion. However, abortion laws are extremely lax in the United States. The recent Supreme Court ruling even struck down a law requiring basic safety regulations in abortion facilities in Texas. Abortion doesn’t need to be normalized; rather, the public needs to be educated on the negative effects that abortion often has on the mother, the father and the whole family.