Save the Storks, an organization intended to educate abortion-minded pregnant women, has created a moving video just in time for Father's Day.
The new video campaign, #ChooseFatherhood, features men's sides of the story about their partner's decision to abort their child.
What are the videos about?
The videos, shared on social media platforms, feature four men whose lives were changed forever by a partner aborting their unborn child.
One such video — part of a six-part series — was shared on Save the Storks' Facebook page, and has received more than 9,000 views and has been shared hundreds of times.
The video is captioned, "There are 55 [m]illion forgotten men in this country who also bear the scars of abortion and suffer in silence. In this amazing new video, four men break their silence and step out to tell their stories."
"We need you to share your story below, so [others] can #ChooseFatherhood," the post reads, and encourages users to tell their own stories and use the hashtag #ChooseFatherhood.
In the video, one man tells his story and explains how devastated he was that his partner had two abortions.
"This story is best started by saying that I’m the father of five, but I only got to raise three of them," the man says.
Another man, who was apparently present for his partner's abortion, describes in detail the horror of what he saw and the emptiness he experienced as a result.
"I remember the whir of the motor and seeing these tubes that were being filled with red and white and the sound of suction," another man says. "It all stopped. The room was silent and they said, 'We’re done.'"
The man adds, "It was too easy. It was too quick. I wish that someone had been out in front of that Planned Parenthood ... just to offer information and alternatives. I wish that there had been opportunities to know about other choices."
One of the men later explains how the abortions affected him and his partner afterward.
"It didn’t just mess me up, it messed her up as well," he says. "Mentally, emotionally. We both started drinking heavily and using drugs."
One of the men interviewed even admits that he demanded his girlfriend get an abortion, and even offered to pay for the procedure.
According to his testimony, he had a sudden revelation before she decided to go through with the procedure.
"There was something profound that hit me," the man says. "It was like the wind was blowing and I immediately had this epiphany. So I called her on the phone and said, 'Look, you need to keep this baby. I will be there with you every step of the way.'"
"Now my son is eight years old, and he completely changed my life," the man says. "I’m so glad I didn’t choose free will and make that mistake."
In a statement obtained by Faithwire, Victoria Robinson, director of external relations at Save the Storks, expressed her hopes that men continue to speak up in cases of possible abortion and continue to share their stories.
"Over many years, I’ve shared my personal abortion story all over the country," Robinson's statement read. "Nearly every time I speak, men privately come up to me afterward and share their deep anguish, grief, and sense of loss. They tell me 'Don’t forget about us, don’t forget about the men.' Post-abortive fathers have for too long suffered in silence, and their stories need to be part of the national conversation. Today, as four men boldly step out and share their stories publicly for the first time, we want all post-abortive fathers to know they’re not alone, they’re not forgotten, and they don’t have to be silent anymore."
Robinson's statement added, "We’re asking men to do two things, watch these videos, and then publicly share their stories in social media this Father’s Day, so that others will not repeat their mistakes, and their painful losses will not be in vain."
You can find out more about the movement here.