The children of people who have experienced extremely traumatic events are more likely to develop mental health problems. And new research shows this is because experiencing trauma leads to changes in the sperm.
In our culture, the majority opinion is that parenthood starts after birth. This view has been subtly fostered by medical scientists who think of a baby as physical matter...
You become a parent the moment you realize you're pregnant, or a part of such relationship. The pregnancy is bound to impact your life. Even if it ends in abortion, miscarriage or giving the child up for adoption.