Baltimore Ravens' Benjamin Watson knows his strong Christian views aren't always popular. But that doesn't stop him from being bold and honest, both on his Facebook and to his teammates. In a recent interview, Watson shares about a conversation he had with a teammate who had just found out his girlfriend was pregnant, reports the Christian Post.
"His girlfriend was pregnant and he had that look like, 'I don't know what to do' and I know that abortion may have very well been a possibility, although we didn't discuss it specifically," Watson said. "My whole speech to him was encouraging him about what an awesome opportunity it is to raise a child, to give the child a home, to love that child, and that God entrusted him with another life, and what a responsibility and the privilege that is."
Watson says that men have a very big responsibility when it comes to raising their children...and in the cases of abortion that come when they shirk their role. "[A] lot of the women wouldn't be having abortions if the men would step up and be a part of what they are already biologically a part of. Raising children and having children, even though the women birthed the child, is designed for two people to do it," Watson said. "And there is so much undue stress and pressure on the woman if the other one isn't there."
In fact, Watson says if the couple does choose to abort (which he does not recommend), the man should stay there through the whole process. "Any idea that a man doesn't have a role in it is not true, and is simply more about politics and making a man's life easier," Watson said. "If you are going to say, 'It's your choice' and she decides on an abortion, then at least be man enough to go with her through the entire process. You should have to sit with her through the entire procedure (and recovery) if you are going to go that route."
Watson maintains a very strong pro-life view. "It's really more of a complete worldview," Watson said. "Pro-life is being for people who are in sex-trafficking, or people who are in danger from persecution, or being for people who are stricken with poverty or illnesses, or whatever it may be. Just having a respect for life in general to me is pro-life."
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