In the United States, there are approximately two million infertile couples waiting to adopt. Many times these couples are happy to adopt regardless of a child’s medical condition, such as Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, HIV infection, or terminal illness.
Annually, the American Pregnancy Association Helpline receives 40,000 calls, but only 1% of callers inquire about adoption. The solution for a baby should not be death, because a mother is sacrificing a life many other families would love to raise as their own.
For my husband and me, this was our reality. We were an infertile couple hoping to adopt. Our prayer each night was for a precious unborn baby to be given a chance at life.
Our prayer was answered this fall with one phone call from an 18-year-old girl who chose life the moment she found out that she was facing an unwanted pregnancy.
The entire process from that phone call until now has been life giving. It has been an honor to get to know the expectant mother and her family. For her, abortion was never an option, even though it meant putting college and her dream to become a journalist on hold. She valued LIFE more.
Our son will be born this spring.
The experience has already given us more than the anticipation of a new baby. It has also given us awareness of what it fully means for a woman to choose life. She is the embodiment of love, and one such woman is giving us a chance to have the family we have always dreamt about. It is an amazing sacrifice.
People who are pro-choice have their reasons. They believe it’s a women’s body and that it’s her choice. She should be able to decide whether or not she wants the fetus. But is it really someone’s choice to kill a human? Once you are pregnant, there is already life.
A child is always worth the process and more valuable than the cost. Always.