Adoption and the abortion industry
It's a well-known alternative to abortion, but much less often used. Every year approximately 1.3 million single women become unexpectedly pregnant. Sadly, less than two percent choose the loving option of adoption, while two million couples eagerly wait to adopt children.
In part, that's why November is National Adoption Month. It is our opportunity to spotlight adoption as a positive alternative to abortion. It's a time to stress the many blessings of adoption for both the biological mother and adoptive family.
Why such a huge discrepancy between the number of babies placed for adoption and families hoping to adopt? There are several reasons.
Primarily, it's because the abortion industry makes no money when a woman chooses not to have an abortion. Planned Parenthood's latest annual report shows that they aborted 79 babies for every adoption referral it made to an outside agency. Their adoption referrals have declined by a huge seventy-three percent since 1997. At the same time, the number of abortions they perform has increased over nineteen percent.
For the past three decades, Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion industry have waged a quiet but successful war against adoption. Polling shows that many women actually feel it is more compassionate to have an abortion than to place their baby for adoption. The bleak statistics on adoption are a tragic testimony to Planned Parenthood's efforts.
The media have also played an active role in the way Americans look at adoption. Beth M. Waggenspack is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She has written extensively on adoption and the media. Her research shows that media representations of adoption are negative by a ratio of five to one. She said they focus on the differences that adoption creates instead of the many positives.
Another reason for adoption's lackluster image is that many in the pro-life movement have been affected by the abortion industry's negative propaganda about adoption. They may not be promoting it as an attractive and viable alternative to single parenting. When counseling women in crisis, many well-intentioned volunteers in women help centers may fail to fully explore adoption or even mention it as an option. Part of the reason is a lack of information and comfort in presenting this option.
Did You Know?
Planned Parenthood was founded in 1916 by Margaret Sanger, a social radical and proponent of eugenics. Selective breeding, she said, was necessary to control those who were "unfit to breed," and that if minorities had high birth rates, "economic turmoil" would result. Today over two-thirds of all abortion centers are located in minority communities.
– Black Americans for Life, March 1999
Two Supreme Court cases have ruled in favor of Pro-Choice:
Victimized women who became pregnant due to rape, incest or other criminal activity.
Less than 0.5 percent of all abortions fall into this category.
A medical emergency where either the mother's life, or the child's life is at stake.
About 7 percent of all abortions fall into this category.
The result of the rulings opened the door for women to receive abortions for any reason. Today, the number one reason women get an abortion is due to financial reasons. Abortion should not be used for the sake of convenience, or financial concerns.
Let us side with life. Abortion should be illegal. In the event of an extenuating circumstance, such as victimization or medical emergencies, allow due process to determine if the life of the child was destroyed illegally.
Children in the womb must be protected to the same degree as children out of the womb.
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) provdes petitions and other practical means to help prevent legalized abortion.
Get the Facts
PART IV – ABORTION
17 – How Many?
18 – What Kind and How?
19 – Very Early Abortions
20 – Maternal Complications/Immediate.
21 – Maternal Deaths & Long-Term Complications.
22 – Neonatal & Childhood Sequelae
23 – Breast Cancer
PART VIII – OTHER THOUGHTS
37 – Doctors & Nurses
38 – Words
39 – Polls
40 – The Media
41 – Capital Punishment/War
42 – Pro-Abortion Organizations/Planned Parenthood
43 – Tax-Funded Abortions
PART IX – WHAT TO DO
44 – What To Do