One victim is frequently overlooked when considering the aftereffects of abortion: the father. How does he handle the intentional termination of his unborn child? Studies indicate not well.
Women experience depression, post-traumatic stress, and physical complications, whereas men try to cope with feelings of grief, anger, and guilt. Some men are more prone to engage in risky behaviors such as drug abuse (1). Lack of communication or commitment in relationships are other consequences men will likely face in the future.
Studies find a pattern of helplessness among men post-abortion. This is unsurprising, given that fathers aren't legally included in the abortion decision. Some women don't even tell their partner about their abortion until after it has occurred. Generally, men are completely ignored in the equation because their gender supposedly bars them from comprehending pregnancy. The Supreme Court upheld this conjecture in Planned Parenthood of Central Missouri v. Danforth, in which it ruled that a woman doesn't need her spouse's consent to have an abortion (2).
While abortion is often lauded as beneficial, it undoubtedly has negative ramifications. An unborn child is condemned, a mother's health declines, and a father contends with psychological damage. A termination procedure that's utilized for conveniency results in death and difficulty for those involved.
(1) "Impact of Abortion on Men." Reclaiming Fatherhood. 2007. 15 Nov. 2015. <menandabortion.info>
(2) "Planned Parenthood of Missouri v. Danforth, 428 U.S. 52 (1976)." 8 Aug. 2012. 19 Nov. 2015. <uscivilliberties.org>