‘Abortion is a men’s issue’

Right to Life dinner speaker addresses guilt, healing

STURGIS — Roger Stanwick, keynote speaker for the St. Joseph and Cass County 21st annual Sanctity of Life dinner held Monday, Oct. 24 at Sturges-Young Auditorium, believes abortion is not only a women’s issue.
It also affects men — with his own life being a case in point.
“My first wife and I aborted our child,” Stanwick, now a board member of Manistee Lighthouse Pregnancy Care Center and involved with Rachel’s Vineyard Ministry out of the Diocese of Gaylord, said in comments prior to the dinner. “What many of us do, especially men, is try to rationalize, try to pretend it doesn’t affect us emotionally. But men and women have lifelong regret and grief over having killed children.”
About 15 years ago he began to slowly come to terms with having aborted a child, he said. “There were guilt and oppression in my life, and I needed some relief.”
His journey began with prayer; he finally received healing about a year ago at a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat, a weekend at which post-abortive women and men can get over their grief, sense of loss and regret over having aborted a child. He has been talking and writing pro-life for about 15 years.
“My program is directed at men,” he said. “I talk about women and the lifelong effect having an abortion has on women’s emotional health. Then I go over to the fact that men are responsible for every single child.
“Men like abortion. Abortion removes all the risk and consequences for men and places them on women. A guy comes up with a few hundred bucks, and women have lifelong health issues.”
“Abortion is a men’s issue — men perpetuate it, and only men can make it go away,” he said. Citing the statistic that 88 percent of women who get abortions have at least one man in her life pressuring them to do it, his encouragement to men is to change that to 88 percent of women change their minds because at least one man in her life encouraged her to choose life.
The dinner also included presentations to the Pregnancy Care Center of Niles, Pregnancy Helpline of Sturgis and Pregnancy Helpline of Three Rivers; special music by Susan McGrew and a speech by Right to Life Development Coordinator Randy Royston.
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