If a man does this, he's a monster; if a woman does it, she's empowered:

This morning’s TODAY Show featured a segment on a woman who chose to leave her husband and two young sons (ages 3 and 5 at the time) while on an extended research trip to Japan because she realized she didn’t want to be a mom anymore leaves my chest tight and my gut aching.

via Mom Doesn't Want to be a Parent Anymore and Leaves Kids - Parenting.com.