Adoption can be an excellent solution to an unplanned pregnancy. It is an alternative to raising a child a woman feels unprepared to raise or to ending the life of that child before birth. According to the National Committee for Adoption, there are 1.5 million American couples wanting to adopt children. Yet each year, while 1.6 million children are being killed by abortion, only 50,000 new children are made available for adoption.
For every couple that adopts, another 40 wait in line. A New Hope refers to local adoption agencies that receive letters on a weekly basis from couples longing to adopt a baby. There are even groups of prospective adoptive parents who specifically want to adopt disabled or special needs children.
Adoption is conducted very differently now than in years past. Today the birth mother is respected and empowered. She chooses the parents she wants for her child from resumes and interviews. The birth families and adoptive families get to know each other and often become friends during the pregnancy. Any degree of openness after the baby is born that is mutually agreed upon can be arranged. ANH is not a licensed adoption agency, and adoption is not for everyone.
Adoption versus Abortion
Some women have said to us at ANH, “I could never give my baby up for adoption. I’d abort before I would do that.” We urge them to consider that adoption can accomplish the same goals as abortion. Let’s look at the similarities. With both adoption and abortion you can:
- Pursue earlier goals and plans
- Avoid having to parent prematurely
- Be free of the financial burdens of parenting
- Avoid being pressured into a hasty marriage
- If you are a teen, resume your youthful lifestyle