Abortion rights are always a touchy subject to debate from my experience because usually you are either strongly for or strongly against abortion and can state examples, statistics, and personal beliefs on why you feel this way. However, have you thought about the rights of a father in terms of an abortion? I consider the rights of a father in terms of an abortion to be another tricky situation because if it is a loving and caring relationship, I think the father has the right to make his opinion heard about whether or not his baby is born or not.
There are of course things you need to consider in this decision. Is the father going to be able to support the baby his entire life? Is he going to help the mother through her pregnancy when she is sick or tired, and help her prepare for the baby’s arrival by going to the doctor appointments with her, making sure she eats healthy and takes her vitamins? Is he responsible, mentally stable, mature, and non-abusive? If the answer is yes, then he should be allowed to have an opinion on whether or not his baby is born.
On the other hand, there are situations where a father should not have a choice and that would be in instances that involve rape, incest, etc. In that regard, the father should not have any rights to the baby because what he did to the mother was not in a loving manner and no baby should be raised by someone that takes advantage of women.
Considering all of this, there are no governed laws as of right now that determine a father's right to his child and whether or not a mother has an abortion or not. The best case would be the mother and father of the child could come to a mutual understanding regarding their unborn child. This doesn’t happen often because again we as individuals have our own personal beliefs regarding abortion and it is usually hard for someone to change our mind regarding the subject. It is the woman who has control of what happens to her body regardless of what the father wishes. I understand it is the woman who has to carry the child and it affects her body and her hormone levels, but I do not think it is right for the woman to deprive the father of the child of his rights to fatherhood if the man and woman created this lifeform in a mutually consenting fashion. I feel both parties should know the risks associated with unprotected sex and both should be willing to give life to this baby that was conceived between the two of them.
I'm pro-life on all counts and believe it is hurting the father and the child when a woman chooses to abort a baby. You cannot change this act once it is done, and it is both partners who have to live with the results of their actions. I've heard cases where both the mother and father grieve over their unborn child that they chose to abort. The emotions and remorse are still there and can haunt the thoughts of those who have been through the ordeal. I would not ever want to put myself or my husband through the "What Ifs" wondering if the baby would have been the daughter that I never had or what kind of contribution they could have given the world. The potential they could have become and how they could have done anything they wanted as long as they put their mind to it.
In conclusion, I do not think we should kill a child because they are an inconvenience, do not fit into the plans you set aside for yourself, because it could add stress to a new marriage, or become a threat to a career. Do not do it for the wrong reasons. Abortion is not something that you can go into lightly. The results are life changing and if a woman does it without the father's approval, how is the man going to be able to trust this woman or any other woman again after taking a big life changing decision away from him? The potential effects on his psychological being could last a life time.