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Adoption – Stronger Because Of It

They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger (cue Kelly Clarkson) and that is even truer when it comes to giving life. Good for this girl for staying strong even when the men in her life tried to pressure her into “choice.”

He sat me down and told me I needed to have an abortion. My whole world came crashing down again. I have never cried so hard. I was lost, and the only man I knew truly loved me was telling me to do the same thing the boy I thought loved me said to do. I stood toe to toe with my father and told him no. I had more respect than that for myself and for God.

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I’m so glad I chose life and gave Brett a chance at a good and happy life. He is a gift to everyone, and even though it was hard, I would never take back the journey I went through. I’m stronger because of it.

Here in Ottawa, FirstPlace Options, Birthright and Miriam Centre can provide information about local adoption services. AdoptioninCanada is a great website with information about the adoption process.

Adoption Awareness Month

by Elizabeth Tanguay

I’m very excited about November being Adoption Awareness Month because as a pro-life group, we talk about choosing life instead of abortion, but we don’t typically talk as much about adoption specifically. Just the other day, I found a great new site: adoptionincanada.ca There is information about how adoption works and testimonials of mothers who have placed their babies for adoption. Even in my own community, I know several people who were adopted and are very grateful to their birth mothers for the gift of life and a loving family. Adoption is not easy, but it’s a choice that both mom and baby can live with.

Baffling Reproductive Policy

by Marissa Poisson

As was announced in July, free infertility treatment will be available in Quebec starting this month, which leads one to believe that infertility is now considered a disease there. Paradoxically, pregnancy also seems to be classified as a disease in the province and throughout the country given the availability of publicly funded abortion. Are the definitions of any other diseases wholly dependent on the circumstances of the individuals they afflict?

As a young woman, am I to believe that if I were to become pregnant now, when it would interfere with my university studies, the sensible choice would be abortion and that if I were to find myself unable to start a family in twenty years, it would be reasonable to expect free IVF?

The incoherence is jarring. Quebec’s politicians stand behind aborting tens of thousands of future Francophones every year yet are poised to spend lavishly to enable women to try their luck at conceiving artificially. Adoption seems to be the forgotten component in this equation; it needs to be encouraged as a viable option for women facing unplanned pregnancies and infertile couples. In the multi-million dollar business of life and death, the cures are worse than the diseases.

Survivors!

by Elizabeth Tanguay

Recently, the famous blind Italian musician Andrea Bocelli revealed that he was almost aborted. Fortunately for the music world and for his fans, he was not.

Here is a beautiful clip of him playing the piano and telling his story. (It’s in Italian but there are subtitles):

This is what he shared with the audience in the video:

“A young pregnant wife has been hospitalized for a simple attack of appendicitis. The doctors had to apply some ice on her stomach, and when the treatments ended, the doctors suggested she abort the child. They told her it was the best solution because the baby would be born with some disability. But the young brave wife decided not to abort and the child was born. That woman was my mother, and I was the child.

Maybe I’m partisan, but I can say it was the right choice. And I hope this could encourage many mothers that sometimes find themselves in difficult situations, in those moments when life is complicated, but want to save the life of their baby.”

Hey, maybe I’m partisan too, but I know of two young people in my church who are adopted. Their birth mother could have aborted them too, but she gave them life. And I can say that this brother and sister are also very glad that their mother made that choice.

We are all survivors of the abortion holocaust. Our mothers chose life. And I think they made the right choice too. To see more stories like this, please visit www.IAmWholeLife.org.

A note from uOSFL: While it would certainly be a loss to the music community to lose Mr. Bocelli, we must remember that every aborted child never has the chance to be missed. Whether they might have grown up to be prodigies of some sort, of just to be regular people, they are missing. And the number of missing children is frightening because when we grieve them, we don’t even know what we miss.

Father’s Day Frosty Weekend

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.