The other day, I heard an excuse for abortion that went like this: Every child should be wanted. I thought about that for a second. It does make sense. There are too many stories of people abusing children. Still, why is death the answer?
See experts have figured out that there are between 1 million and 2 million couples waiting to adopt. That’s a lot of people. Now put yourself in their shoes. I honestly don’t know how they deal with it. Here are two loving people who want a child more than anything in the world, but for some reason they can’t get pregnant, and so they hope and they pray that a child will be given to them through adoption. I know some are called to adopt older kids, but let’s be honest, most want babies. They want to be able to raise the child as their own from the earliest point possible. So here’s where that argument breaks down.
Now, I know some of you are thinking it’s about money. After all, a lot of women say they couldn’t afford a baby. Here’s the kicker. A lot of organizations will pay for the mother’s prenatal care if she is going to put the baby up for adoption. Local churches will help out. There are answers for women who are low on funds. Imagine if we de-funded Planned Parenthood and sent that money to help women get prenatal care and then cover adoption costs. Would it make a difference?
The name Planned Parenthood always bothered me until today because they kill babies so it’s more like un-parenthood, but then this “every child a wanted one” made sense of their name. You want to plan when you will be a parent so you just get rid of every pregnancy before that. But every pregnancy would create a wanted child if people would put themselves aside for a minute and think about adoption. I know people say it would be hard to know you had a child out there but not see them, but how can it be any harder than killing them? With adoption you could see that child again, with death, you can’t. With adoption you could give someone the most precious gift on earth. With abortion, you dilute the meaning of life.
Abortion is not about health care and we should stop pretending it is. Abortion is about instant gratification, it is about escaping responsibility, and it is about selfishness.