Abortions are financially beneficial for fathers, according to a new study from the University of Utah.
Dr. Bethany Everett, an assistant professor in the University of Utah Department of Sociology and lead author of the study, told Fox 13 that many studies have been done about the impact of abortion on women financially, but she wanted to do a study about the impact on men.
“Abortion is generally framed as a woman’s issue,” Everett said. “In almost all cases of pregnancy, there is usually a male partner who may be impacted by the presence or absence of a child.”
While it is true that an unborn baby’s abortion death affects the father as well as the mother, currently, fathers do not have any say in the lives of their unborn children. If a woman wants to abort her unborn baby, a father cannot do anything legally to stop her. Countless men have suffered profound grief and loss because they were not able to protect their own child’s life.
Conversely, fathers can and sometimes do pressure mothers into aborting their unborn babies. One study found that 64 percent of women who had abortions said they felt pressured into them, often by a partner or parent.
Even worse, some men take matters into their own hands, secretly slipping abortion drugs into the pregnant mother’s drink or even physically attacking her to kill their unborn child.
The University of Utah researchers, however, saw abortion as a potentially positive thing for men.
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“What our results suggest is that continuing to restrict access or use of abortion may also negatively impact male partners,” Everett told the local news.
According to the report:
In the study, researchers used a sample of men who reported pregnancy before the age of 20. They then looked at ten years’ worth of data comparing education and income levels between those whose partners had live births and those whose partners had abortions.
Researchers claimed the findings of the study show teenage males who avoid parenthood through their partner’s use of abortion, have higher educational attainment.
“What we found is about ten years later, only 6% of men whose partners had live births, had graduated from college, and that’s compared to 22% of men whose partners had terminated their pregnancy,” Everett said.
Interestingly, however, their research found that income levels between men whose partners had abortions and those whose children were born were about the same, according to the report.
“This may be driven by the fact that men who have decided to reside with their child or their partner have sort of an extra push to be wage earners,” Everett said.
Pro-life leaders in Utah described the viewpoint of the study as “morally reprehensible.”
“The promise of future income to men is a morally reprehensible argument for the intentional killing of a human being. You cannot place a price tag on a life, and no amount of money justifies killing a child,” Deanna Holland, vice president of Pro-Life Utah, told Fox 13.