Adoption is an option that is not discussed nearly enough in the public debate about "choice."
Adoption is truly a win/win/win situation. With adoption, the child "wins" because he or she is not only given the chance to live, but to live in a home with loving parents who can provide for his or her needs. Adoption is also a win for those couples who choose to adopt because they have the benefit of a precious new life to nurture!
Adoption is also a win for the birth mother because she benefits from knowing that she has made the mature and beautiful choice of giving life to a child, providing for that child by finding a safe and happy home, and selflessly sharing that new life with orthers. When adoptions are done right they are occasions for joy all around.
Studies have shown that children who were born out-of-wedlock but are raised by adoptive parents do better in a number of categories that those who are raised by single mothers. They attain higher levels of education, have higher self-esteem, and have all around better health.
Similarly, adoption is also good for birth mothers. Such women are more likely to be employed a year after adoption, more likely to complete their educations, and they are more likely to express overall satisfaction with life than their single-mother counterparts.
Despite all of its advantages, adoption has fallen on hard times. According to research, there has been a precipitous drop in adoption since the year of 1973 when abortion was legalized across America. Before 1973, 8.7% of children born out-of-wedlock were placed up for adoption. Recent statistics put the number around 1%.
If we must do everything in our power to save the rain forests because one of those trees may have the chemicals needed to cure cancer, why don't we do everything possible to save every baby? The one being aborted right this minute may be the one that has the exact neuro-pathways necessary to find that cure for cancer.
The abortion decision is often made by minors or young adults, who don't have the maturity and life experiences to make good decisions.
People have the right not to see their tax dollars go to something they find immoral.
Abortion eliminates legal rights of the unborn child.
Abortion exposes women to various health risks and the danger of losing fertility.
Abortion is against doctor's Hippocratic Oath.
Every American doctor must take this fundamental oath, which says "First, do not harm." It threatens the very fabric of the entire medical field if doctors start using their own personal philosophies on life to decide who should or shouldn't be harmed. Whether or not you think abortion should be allowed, it cannot be disputed that a doctor is harmig a living organism. Killing a human being doesn't serve a higher medical purpose and is therefore a violation of oath.
Information from http://www.balancedpolitics.org/abortion.htm