Adoption, not abortion
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