by Dante De Luca
I am sure that many of you have heard adoption touted as the ideal alternative to abortion. I know that when I was growing up, my family would participate in Life Chain protests, and among the “Abortion Kills Children” and the “Abortion Hurts Women” signs, there were other signs that said “Adoption: The Loving Option”. Even now, a quick Google search for “Alternatives to abortion” gives adoption as the number one hit. The fact is, there are not many options you have if you are pregnant but unable to raise a family, and abortion is out of the question.
That being said, many pro-choice people (and others) will be quick to point out that adoption is not quite as easy or happy as we sometimes make it out to be (for instance, consider this comment to Rebecca’s post on pro-life feminism). In particular, many will point out that there are already huge amounts of children in foster care waiting for adoption in Canada; according to the Adoption Council of Canada and the Children’s Aid Foundation, the number is approximately 22 000, while only about 1700 end up getting adopted each year. (This argument has been used several times in discussions I have participated in.)
The moral of the story is, if you want to promote putting up unwanted children for adoption, it would probably be a good idea to also promote adopting unwanted children.
One promoter of the adoption of these children is the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (their usual website is currently down, but here is an archived version from 2008). It was founded by Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s restaurants. Through Wendy’s, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption raises money to help get these huge amounts of children into the happy loving families that we pro-lifers like to talk about.
Which brings me to the point of today’s post: next weekend, Wendy’s is having their annual fundraiser for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, called “Father’s Day Frosty Weekend”. Basically how it works is that if you buy a Frosty on June 20 or 21, Wendy’s will donate 50¢ to the Dave Thomas Foundation. Now, I am not going to tell you to go buy a Frosty on Father’s Day (I’m not being paid to advertise), but I will say that it does seem to be a fairly easy (and rather tasty) way to promote adoption as a viable option in the pro-life debate.