Adop­tion, not abor­tion

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

I agree with the ar­ti­cle “Charles County cel­e­brates adop­tive fam­i­lies dur­ing Adop­tion Month” (Mary­land In­de­pen­dent, Nov. 16) about adop­tion be­ing such a won­der- ful thing for both the adop­tive par­ents and child.

Many pro-life or­ga­ni­za­tions also en­cour­age adop­tion rather than abor­tion. I even saw some signs at the March For Life in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., last year that said, “Don’t abort your baby. Adop­tion is a bet­ter choice. Your child will be a bless­ing. The new par­ents will re­joice.”

Adop­tion is a great op­tion for preg­nant women who don’t want to keep or kill their un­born baby. The child could be put up for adop­tion since there are many cou­ples look­ing to adopt ba­bies. Some even go to the trou­ble and great ex­pense of adop­tion from a for­eign coun­try.

If adop­tion fails be­fore the child is born, there is al­ways Safe Haven, where a new­born baby 10 days old or younger can be turned over to the state, who will place the child for adop­tion. Search “Safe haven (your state)” for more de­tails.

There are two places in the Bi­ble that in­di­cate God ap­proves of adop­tion. The first is about a woman who had a baby and knew that the baby would die if she kept it. She put the baby in a bas­ket and set it adrift in a river where some in­flu­en­tial women were bathing. She hoped that one of the women might take and raise the baby be­cause maybe God had big plans for her baby boy.

The sec­ond story is about the wis­dom of King Solomon. Two women who were liv­ing to­gether were brought be­fore him. They each had a baby at about the same time, but one of the ba­bies died. King Solomon had to de­cide who was the real mother. He de­cided in fa­vor of the woman who was willing to give her baby to a har­lot who had lied to her, stolen from her, was fight­ing her for cus­tody of the baby and was willing to have the baby killed rather than give the baby to some­one who wanted him.

If you are preg­nant with an un­wanted child, you could be faced with the same de­ci­sion, ex­cept that your baby will al­most cer­tainly end up with a lov­ing cou­ple, in­stead of some­one like the woman in the story. Robert Boudreaux, Wal­dorf

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