Father's Day

   Father’s Day. These two words conjure up a dad who is a role model for his children, works hard to provide for his family, and is a supportive husband to his wife. He helps her with discipline, plays with his children and takes them on trips to the park or vacations which will hopefully provide lasting family memories for them. Fathers also teach their children right from wrong.

   Sadly though, this idyllic image is not how things work out for many clients at Bella Medical Clinic or other pregnancy centers. This writer spoke with the Bella social worker, Sue Kraus, who indicated that participation of fathers in the pregnancy process is at a low so far this year. One would think that as his fiancée, wife, girlfriend or significant other had become pregnant with his child, that the soon-to-be father would be just as excited about the unborn baby as the baby’s mother is. Not always the case. Many times fathers are too young to take on the responsibility of a child or fully understand what love really is. He may not want that role as it might interfere with his college, business or other life goals. In addition, as we know, some men take advantage of a woman’s feelings to lure her into bed, and when she becomes pregnant, he may respond: “It’s your problem, deal with it or get an abortion.”

   However, recent research from the University of Maryland, published in December 200 ...

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