Adoption has long been at the forefront of the pro-life movement. Activists against abortion see adoption as a far better option for women facing unplanned pregnancies and strongly encourage adoption as a choice for women seeking options. In recent years, the pro-life movement has been somewhat divided on the issue of adoption by same sex couples.
Members of the LGBT community have been adopting for years, some for even decades. Lately same sex couples are being more seriously considered for the adoption process. This shift has been caused by increased vocal activism from the LGBT and its allies, as well as an escalation in LGBT biological parents in the United States.
Between six and fourteen million children were born to gay parents in the last decade, and an estimated eight to ten million children are currently being raised in a same-sex household.
Although limited research has been done on children being raised by a same sex couple, as opposed to a traditional family unit, it focuses strongly on children born to same sex couples through egg/sperm donation and surrogacy even though majority of gay and lesbian households are blended families.
The bulk of children raised by same sex couples or openly gay parents come from a heterosexual relationship before one parent came out as gay. These studies also nearly completely bypass children adopted into same sex households.
Exploration of this subject is fairly new, but the studies thus far have found no conclusive evidence to suggest children adopted to same sex couples experience any unique problems or developmental barriers.
Collected data shows no sign that these children develop through sexual identities any differently than those in traditional families. Studies essentially show no difference between children raised in a same sex household and children raised in a traditional two parents heterosexual home.
So why should the Pro Life movement take such an vested interest in same sex adoption?
As Pro-life activists, our main goal has been, and always should be, saving the lives of the preborn and changing the cultural view of the value of preborn life and realities women are facing during unplanned pregnancy.
For women who cannot take on the task of raising a child, adoption is an incredible opportunity. Activists applaud the choice of adoption, but reality is a bit harsh. Approximately five hundred thousand children are currently in the foster care system, with a hundred thousand waiting to be adopted.
A 2015 study showed 3.8% of the population identified as openly gay. While this percentage may seem minimal, excluding thousands of people from being able to adopt can actively hurt a child's chances to be given a home. Furthermore, women have expressed their desire to abort due to the possibility of their child getting stuck in the foster care system.
Studies show that an estimated two million LGBT people are interested in adopting.
If we, as the pro life community support saving preborn babies lives, it is imperative to promote adoption. Encouraging gay couples to adopt, gives children a chance at having loving and devoted parents. We should be supporting the rights of anyone who wants to welcome a child into their home.
With thousands of children needing a home, why would we let someone’s sexual orientation impact whether or not they can care for a child?
Openly advocating against same sex adoption turns thousands away from the pro-life movement and our cause. It sends women into the unloving arms of the abortion industry to end the lives of children who could be loved and cared for by people of all sexual orientations.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Human Defense Initiative.
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