Adoptees are not pawns in de­bate

Irish Independent - - Letters & Editorial Comment -

■ While re­search­ing both sides of the ref­er­en­dum de­bate, I came across this on the ‘Par­ents for Choice’ web­site in its Q&A sec­tion: “Giv­ing a baby up for adop­tion can and does have life­long emo­tional con­se­quences for both the woman and the adopted child ... the vast ma­jor­ity of women who them­selves choose to have an abor­tion do not re­gret their de­ci­sion and have no long-term emo­tional con­se­quences.”

I am pro-choice and have no doubt that abor­tion can be the best so­lu­tion for many women.

How­ever, state­ments like this just per­pe­trate the stigma of the un­sta­ble adoptee whom it would have been ‘kinder’ to abort.

It’s not the first time I have seen this ar­gu­ment.

The facts about un­wanted preg­nan­cies should re­main the facts. While there are some emo­tion­ally un­sta­ble adoptees (as is also the case with non-adopted peo­ple), many of us live nor­mal, happy lives and were raised by won­der­ful par­ents.

We were born, we are here, and I ask that we are re­spected and not treated as pawns in this de­bate.

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