Children are not gifts! Gifting is commodification, never an appropriate thought regarding humans.
‘Gone to a Good Home’ is a thoughtful and powerful documentary on forced adoptions, referred to FAHP Facebook by a visitor.
“Made by Film Australia in 2005, reviews of it state: “from the 1950s to the 1970s, Australian authorities pressured many unmarried mothers to give up their babies for adoption into what they considered ‘better’ homes — those of married couples. At a time when society had no place for single mothers and their illegitimate children, these women were unaware of their legal rights. Sometimes they were coerced, even drugged, and their babies literally stolen. Despite arguments that the practice was well-intentioned, for the individuals involved the ongoing impact has been devastating. This documentary explores the experiences of these women and their efforts to contact their children and gain recognition for past wrongs, while revealing the dramatic change in social values that has since occurred.”
‘Gone to a Good Home’ is a Film Australia National Interest Program, made in association with Big Island Pictures. Produced in association with the Pacific Film and Television Commission and SBS Independent.”
Question Submitted: I know quite a few couples who are choosing to stop having children naturally, even though they are capable, in order to adopt. Is this a common phenomenon in American Christianity? The rationale seems to be:
1) They don’t want to go through another pregnancy, babyhood, potty training (so they will look to adopt an older child). I find this reason uncomfortably close to why I look to “adopt” older dogs, and not 6-week-old puppies.
2) They think adopting a child who otherwise would not be raised in the faith and may live in poverty or suffering is better than having another baby of their own. My husband calls this Malthusianism Lite.
Please understand my friends are clear that there are no obstacles to having another baby naturally (barrenness, physical danger to mom, etc.). How do I respond to these statements? If it didn’t happen so often, I would ignore it…
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