Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Early in the 1990’s while working for WTMJ, I covered a news conference held by several women who wanted to speak out on their sorrow and the regrets they had about their abortions. Abortion proponents and opponents always found their way into the news, but this was an entirely different aspect of this highly emotional and volatile subject, and it was playing out as TV cameras and tape recorders rolled from all the various news stations in town.
One by one, with pained anguish, the women told their stories and wished they could reverse their decisions. They spoke and wept openly.
If a similar event was ever held for the news media locally since that day, I can’t remember, although it seems more and more women are shedding their shame and discussing their personal tragedies. There’s even a national/international movement encouraging women to speak out about the effects abortion has had on their lives.
But what about the men?
What about them?
“The truth is that men become fathers at conception and it follows that the intentionally caused death of their unborn child can seriously impact them as well as their partners.”
Vincent Rue, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Pregnancy Loss in Jacksonville, Fla.
Like those women at that early 90’s news conference, men who come forward to discuss how abortion has affected them are rare. But male silence may be slowly changing. Conferences are being held, studies are being conducted, and men are starting to talk, as they should. They are, after all, one of the key pieces in this troubling puzzle.
We can safely answer the question of how abortion impacts men this way: men suffer the same consequences as women.
Vincent Rue, quoted above, supplied specifics in this interview.
Thursday marks the 36th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. By some accounts, over 50 million unborn babies have been killed ever since.
For many of those babies, there are mothers who still grieve, who will never forget. We shouldn’t forget the same holds true for many fathers. Their newfound courage to step out of the shadows of silence hopefully will inspire and encourage more future parents to make the choice of life.