Pro-life efforts aim to help adoptions

Dennis Shore’s anti-pro-life letter in the Feb. 17 Mirror is a sad reflection of how mindless and misleading pro-abortion propaganda has become.

He takes pro-lifers to task for not adopting babies they feel shouldn’t be put to death, fostering a pretense that babies are aborted because nobody will adopt them.

Let’s look at some facts to see if his argument holds water:

There are no national statistics on how many people are waiting to adopt, but experts estimate it is somewhere between one and two million couples. Every year there are about 1.3 million abortions in the U.S., and about 135,000 adoptions. Only 4 percent of women with unwanted pregnancies place their children through adoption.

In the period from 2013 through 2016, Planned Parenthood alone performed 1,304,551 abortions. In that same time frame, they made 10,999 adoption referrals, or one adoption referral for every 119 lives terminated by abortion.

An estimated 10,000-12,000 couples a year turn to international adoption because they are not able to successfully adopt children here.

There are also countless organizations nationwide, including Precious Life here in Altoona, that provide support to young and unwed mothers who feel that they may need to abort their child for economic reasons.

This support ranges from providing needed supplies, to adoption referrals, housing, and financial support for medical costs.

Contrary to the implication in Shore’s letter, the pro-life community is doing a great deal to help and support mothers and their children in the effort to reduce abortions.

The problem is, nobody can adopt a corpse.

Kirk Mitchell

Altoona

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