Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas recently celebrated the opening of a new facility in Ft. Worth, TX. More than a few critics have noted the irony that the new Southwest Ft. Worth Health Center is located next to the Gladney Adoption Center, an organization that has been providing pregnancy support and adoption services to the country for 125 years. When questioned about their choice to build next door to an adoption center, Ken Lambrecht, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Greater Texas said, "As far as we're concerned, being next door to Gladney is wonderful."
I suppose Mr. Lambrecht's perspective has a sort of logic about it, assuming you view pregnancy exclusively in terms of a women's rights issue. Having an abortion facility next door to an adoption agency provides a sort of one-stop shop for women with unintended or unwanted pregnancies. In Lambrecht's view, abortion and adoption are simply different choices that achieve the same outcome: women who are unwilling or unable to care for their unborn children are relieved of the burden of doing so. Neither choice is better or worse than the other. It's all about educating women about their options.
And this is really what our culture is all about today, isn't it? We revere choice, and we bristle at anyone or anything that would impose constraints on our choices. In a society where God's law and transcendent truths no longer inform our values, the buck stops with the individual. He or she is the one who decides what's "right" based purely upon how they feel about their situation. In response to this "rights" rhetoric, pro-life apologists often reply with their own version of the rights argument. If the Founders were correct, and we are all endowed with unalienable rights, then a woman's right to privacy (or bodily integrity, or a baby-free womb or whatever right she feels it is that her baby violates) must be weighed against her unborn child's unalienable right to life. more >>
On November 23rd, many across our nation will celebrate National Adoption Day. And there is much to celebrate about this family institution that has made us a better and stronger society.
Virtually every American has been touched in some way by adoptions that give babies and children a second chance to live happy, safe and productive lives. They have also provided a second chance for millions of parents who cannot have biological children to nonetheless have kids of their own to love and cherish unconditionally.
As a nation, we may remain divided on many issues, but virtually everyone agrees that more adoptions in America are a worthwhile and unifying goal. But even as we celebrate the miracle of adoptions, we must also highlight the challenges associated with them that must be overcome. more >>
Six years after Guatemala passed a new law intended to address fraudulent adoptions, children still wait to be united with their adoptive parents. The Christian Post spoke with three adoptive parents who indicated that Guatemalan government officials appear to be blocking them from bringing their children to their new homes.
Ruth Sheehan, Carri and Jason Kern, and J.P. and Donna von Halle all began the adoption process before the "Ortega law" went into effect in January 2008. Guatemala passed the law at the insistence of the U.S. State Department to comply with the United Nations' Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption.
After the Ortega law was passed, Guatemala shut down all intercountry adoptions (even though the allegations of fraudulent adoptions have never been proven true), thus making the law a tragedy for many of the same children it was supposedly drafted to protect. more >>
A Kentucky-based Baptist charity that has dealt with legal troubles over its firing of an openly homosexual employee has voted to maintain its employment standards.
Sunrise Children's Service, formerly called Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children, voted down a proposal on Friday that was supported by their president to allow hiring of openly gay individuals.
A pro-choice Texas politician who made national headlines for her hours-long filibuster against a bill that would limit abortion access has recently dubbed herself "pro-life" over her views on child care.
Wendy Davis, who is presently running in the Texas gubernatorial race, said in a campaign speech in Brownsville that she viewed herself as "pro-life."
"I am pro-life…I care about the life of every child: every child that goes to bed hungry, every child that goes to bed without a proper education, every child that goes to bed without being able to be a part of the Texas dream," said Davis. more >>
Secretary of State John Kerry spoke about his adopted niece and called for more intercountry adoptions of orphans around the world in a Friday video message. He did not address, though, some of the criticisms of the State Department for its role in the decline in intercountry adoptions.
"Every child needs and deserves to grow up, safe and sound, in a loving home," he said, "but sometimes that's not the kind of environment a child's biological parents can provide."
Kerry spoke about his own niece, "one of the most extraordinary young women I've ever known," who his sister adopted from China. more >>