I think we can all agree that we want the brightest future for our children, especially children in the foster care system. The essence of being pro-life is preserving life of the innocent by all means necessary. By giving these children a chance at a good life, we need to support and cherish them through their development. One continuing conversation that arises is whether or not same-sex couples are fit to foster and adopt children; these extra examinations are often based on misconceptions and biases towards same-sex couples. This slows down the process of adoption, adding extra hurdles to the process, and delaying a child’s start in their new home.
There is a recorded 438,000 children in the foster care system at any given moment. According to LGBT Adoption Statistics, same-sex couples make up 21.20% of households who have adopted children in the United States. Comparatively, only 4.80% of opposite-sex couples have adopted children. The LGBT Adoption Statistics also includes that “more than 16,000 same-sex couples are raising an estimated 22,000 adopted children in the United States.” The pro-life community should look to these same-sex couples with appreciation that they’ve decided to step into adopt or foster these children, giving them an opportunity to have a conventional childhood.
If you are for small-government, then how can you justify certain individuals withholding the right to adopt from others? Regardless of what private religious organizations do, the government-run facilities should not regulate who is allowed to adopt children based on religious beliefs. Prospective parents, whether heterosexual or homosexual couples, are put through many tests and assessments in order to verify that the child is going to go to a good home. Each state has their own laws regarding LGBT adoption. To figure out what your state laws are you can visit: https://www.lifelongadoptions.com/lgbt-adoption-resources/lgbt-adoption-laws.
It is statistically proven that same-sex families prosper more within their jobs, and thus creates a favorable income. Having a comfortable income relieves marital stress, promotes better educational opportunities for their kids, allows them to take relaxing vacations regularly, etc. With a higher income, one parent has the opportunity to stay at home and be the caretaker, while the other is making money.
When more people are willing to accept the idea that being raised in a same-sex home is just as natural as growing up in a heterosexual home, then this misconception about two women or men raising a child being unfit will dissipate. No parent is going to be perfect. Penalizing same-sex couples and not allowing them to adopt or raise children due to their sexuality is not only outdated and prejudiced, but antithetical to the pro-life values and movement.
It is time to put the option in adoption for LGBT couples.
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