There were 14,745 children killed in the womb in 2012 and only 21 Adoptions. Why? These figures reveal a tragedy. They are not however figures. They represent individual human lives lost forever.
From the beginning of civilisation mankind has protected its children by extending the loving hand of adoption and nurturing to its children in times of necessity. Why is this not happening today? In 2012 the Department of Social Development recorded a total of 21 non-family adoptions in New Zealand. In the same year there were 14,745 children killed in the womb. In 1973 there were 2,000 children adopted by ‘strangers’ and 2,393 unmarried mothers kept their babies. The percentage of ex-nuptial births that resulted in non-family adoptions fell from 41% in 1965 to 31 % in 1972. In 1968 there were 2,617 non family adoptions. In 2012 this had fallen to 0.14 %. Put another way, in 1965 four out of ten babies were adopted by ‘strangers’. In 2012 the rate has fallen to nearly as low as 1 in 1000.
Each year in New Zealand there are more than 14,000 children murdered in their mother’s womb, each one of these children is a child that could be offered up for adoption. Adoption is a loving option with the mother choosing life for her child. Open adoption allows for the birth mother to continue having a continuing involvement in the child’s development. Do mothers considering abortion realize the heartache involved in going on waiting lists to adopt a new-born baby? Do they realize that some couples wait years to adopt the baby they’ve desperately waited to hold in their arms? Do they realise that most couples though who want to adopt never get the opportunity to do so? Do mothers realize how many parents with wisdom, resources, and plenty of love are reaching out to adopt a child. The children who are not offered up for adoption are then killed? This is a human tragedy, an incalculable loss to the community and a victory for a culture of death.
Right to Life believes that the 2, 617 adoptions in 1968 is evidence that there are thousands of families in New Zealand that would long to adopt and are discouraged by the lack of babies that are available. Our culture has rejected adoption. Right to Life believes that there are several causes for this rejection of adoption, the availability of abortion on request, the increasing numbers of unmarried mothers keeping their children following the introduction of the DPB in 1973. The failure of many Pregnancy Councillors, counselling women considering an abortion to be supportive of adoption is a major factor. It is not politically correct to advocate for adoption and frankly this is inexcusable.
Successive New Zealand governments must also take some of the blame for failing to promote adoption over abortion. Both National and Labour governments willingly and purposely seeks to change the culture with expensive TV and advertising programmes to stop drinking and driving; to promote the cessation of smoking and to discourage domestic violence. Right to Life is disappointed that written submissions to the Minister of Social Welfare requesting advertising campaigns to promote adoption have been rejected.
Right to Life believes that one of the best things the community and the pro-life movement can do is promote adoption. We cannot claim that every mother out there can adequately care for her baby alone, because that is simply not true. We should stand behind any mother who desires to keep her child but we should not demand this of all mothers. However the inability to care for a baby is no excuse for her to kill her. We should all be working harder to paint an accurate picture of adoption for pregnant mothers, to save them from a lifetime of suffering, grief and sorrow.
Right to Life