While adoption is a selfless option that allows another couple to raise a child like one of their own, there are members of the pro-choice community that undermine such action, and even go as far as saying a child living with another family is worse than terminating them in the womb. During a CNN Town Hall event in 2017, Nancy Pelosi indicated that the birth mother of an adopted woman should’ve had a “choice” when it came to the woman’s birth.
Adoption allows the children of parents whose pregnancy was not planned to still have a chance at life, and Pelosi’s comments are an example of how the pro-choice movement dehumanizes children and reduces them to a choice.
The college student who spoke with Pelosi was Brianna Kristyn Roberts, and, when speaking of the chance her birth mother gave her, Roberts said:
My birth mother was faced with a decision that many women today are facing. Without the means of properly raising a child, she chose the most ethical decision and chose adoption. With her courageous and unselfish decision, I now have the ability to thrive and succeed in life. Don’t you think everyone needs the ability to thrive and succeed in life?
But Pelosi insisted that Roberts’ mother still should’ve had a choice when it came to Roberts’ birth. Responding to Roberts’ question, Pelosi stated, “You said my mother chose, my mother chose. And we want other people to have … that opportunity to choose as well.”
In the case of Roberts’ mother, that choice meant allowing her daughter to be raised by a loving couple instead of depriving Roberts of the chance to live her own life.
Regardless of whether the life in the mother’s womb is wanted, it is still a life, and an expecting mother that has doubts in her ability as a parent should be able to see adoption as a viable option. That way, even if she feels she cannot give her child the life he or she deserves, she can see them placed into a home where she knows they’ll be cared for.
Pro-choicers strangely undermine adoption as a viable choice, though it clearly is. They feel they can determine what the child’s life will be like before they’ve had a chance to live it. One of the claims they will make is that a woman’s child will just be trapped in the foster care system if she gives her child up for adoption.
The pro-choice argument against placing a child up for adoption is that an estimated 400,000 children live in the foster care system, and, if a woman gives her child up for adoption, her child will be unwanted. While steps should be taken to reduce the number of children in the foster system, it does not make adoption any less of an option for a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy— as there are many couples eager to adopt a child.
When a woman chooses to give her child up for adoption, she can go through any number of private adoption companies that will locate the ideal couple to raise her child. The foster care system doesn’t even have to present itself as an option.
Some sources suggest there are as many as two million couples that are waiting to adopt in the United States. A 2002 study from the Centers for Disease Control stated that more than 57 percent of people who use fertility services will consider adoption. The Donaldson Adoption Institute found 81.5 million Americans have considered adopting a child at one time. In fact, American Adoptions often works with as many as 200 active families who have been approved for adoption. These families come from a variety of different backgrounds and are eager to welcome a child into their homes.
The next claim made by pro-choicers is that mothers will have a child living out there in the world, and they’ll never know if they’re okay— but that’s not necessarily true.
According to the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, 95 percent of adoptions in the U.S. are open adoptions, allowing the birth mother to still have contact with her child if she wants it. In terms of the effect that adoption has on children, a Health and Human Services survey found over half of adopted school-age children have excellent or very good performance in reading and math, 85 percent of adopted children are in excellent health, and 81 percent of adoptive parents report having a close relationship with their children.
Adoption is an admirable choice and women facing unplanned pregnancies should be encouraged to pursue it. Far from relegating their child to a mere choice, adoption ensures a child will be taken care of the way they should be.
There are countless heartwarming stories of children who were adopted. These stories are only possible because the birth mothers of these children felt empowered to choose adoption.
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