The March for Life on January 22, the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, has always been about abortion. However, this year’s Choose Life theme was “Choose Adoption.”
Ryan Dobson, the adopted son of Dr. James Dobson, introduced his father by saying,
“My birth mother was 17 years old. She wasn’t married. She didn’t have a boyfriend. She didn’t know what to do.
Facing an unplanned pregnancy, her family and church connected her with a Pregnancy Resource Center, and people like you opened their arms to her, showed her the love of Christ and gave her an alternative.”
“I’m alive today, because of this movement.” After introducing his father, Dr. Dobson said that adopting Ryan was “one of the highlights of my life.”
Sadly, infant adoptions like that of Ryan – barely exist today.
In 1970 there were 89,000 adoptions. But the legalizing of abortion in 1973 changed that situation overnight.
By 1975 there were only 47,000. In 2007, the last year with data, a pitiful 18,000 adoptions.
That’s only 1% of the nation’s 1.7 million unwed births, or less than 1% of America’s 1.2 million abortions that year.
What can be done to turn this trend around?
The March for Life took an important initial step to emphasize adoption. Jeanne Monahan, who ran the event, declared, “Adoption is a heroic decision for pregnant mothers who find themselves in a difficult situation. We want to eliminate the stigma of adoption and encourage women to pursue this noble option.”