Adopt, not Abort
“You bring them in the world unwanted, unloved, you send them to the electric chair. So, you kill them now or you kill them later.” These are the words Alabama state Rep. John Rogers on the necessity of the right to abortion as reported bythe Washington Examiner. Naturally, this callous statement caused outrage on both sides of the abortion debate, but what garnered the least attention from the statement was the preconceived notion of a correlation between the terms “unloved” and “unwanted.”
Truly, not all children are put up for adoption because they are unloved. In some cases, the child is put up for adoption becausethey are so loved. While the societal stigma may be that birth mothers who give up their children do so because they do not love their child or because they are “lazy,” “selfish,” or “irresponsible,” this is, for the most part, not true. In fact, according to a study done in 1998, mothers that put their children up for adoption are “more likely to finish school, and less likely to live in poverty and receive public assistance,” as well as being more likely to have a job and less likely to be divorced than the birth mothers who choose to parent their children.
Sadly, for many children, abortion is still seen as a preferable alternative to adoption with roughly 1.3 million babies aborted each year compared to the less than 5 percent of unwed mothers who choose adoption. That, combined with the targeted attacks against religious adoption agencies who make up many of the adoption organizations in the United States, creates an uphill battle for many hopeful families across the country.
Abortion is an unfortunate reality of the world we live in today. Hopefully someday soon, the stigma against adoption will be revealed for what it is, a stigma. If we think of the future of these children and make adoption more accessible for hopeful parents, then instead of more women fight for abortions, more women will fight for adoption instead.