We are now in the final week of the 40 Days for Life Campaign around the world. The campaign officially ends this Sunday, November 4, 2012. The scheduling of prayer and vigil around the clock before abortion clinics will come to end for awhile, but the prayer to end abortion will never stop until an abortion-free nation becomes a reality.
This week, I want to focus my prayer on the counselors who work so diligently to show women the truth about their pregnancy and the truth about abortion. But today, as I reflected on the woman who is potentially 5 months pregnant and seeking a late term abortion, I thought about adoption. I guess I still do not understand how someone could have carried their child for five months and know that they will deliver their child in four months or less and yet they are still willing to kill that child. This mother has felt her child kick and has watched the child grow as she has grown and certainly there is no way that she can deny she is carry a human life. Why not finish out those last few months and allow the child a chance to live and fulfill a destiny.
There are many arguments that say that there are plenty of children in foster care who should be adopted first. Well, you know what, that’s true. But, what is also true is that those children are not being adopted for a variety of reasons. According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, an organization of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in February of 2011 published an article on adoption trends. This article stated that there were 115,000 children in foster care in 2011 but those seeking to adopt do not want children who are older, or who have a sibling, or who may have endured maltreatment. Overwhelmingly, those who are seeking to adopt want a child who is 2 years old or younger and is a single child without any behavioral issues. Interestingly, physical illnesses are not an impediment to adoption. LiveAction published an article in May of 2012 in which they quoted a source known as the Business Library which said: “there are up to 36 couples waiting for every one baby placed for adoption.” The quote goes on to say:
“In the USA, there are approximately two million infertile couples waiting to adopt, many times regardless of the child’s medical problems such as Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, HIV infection or terminally ill. Dr. Brad Imler, President of America’s Pregnancy Helpline, confirms the challenge of waiting couples by stating: “Only 1% of the Helpline’s annual 40,000 clients inquires about adoption.”
Pray this week for an increase in adoptions nationwide. This is so much safer and healthier for everyone involved and the child has a chance.
Brown, Kristi B. Abortion vs. Adoption: Why So Many Choose the First and What We Can Do. May 15, 2012. Retrieved on October 30, 2012. http://liveactionnews.org/culture/abortion-vs-adoption-why-so-many-choose-the-first-and-what-we-can-do/
Child Welfare Information Gateway. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Persons Seeking to Adopt – Numbers and Trends. February 2011. Retrieved on October 30, 2012 http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/s_seek.pdf#Page=2&view=Fit