The Option of Adoption
As a counselor who serves women in unexpected and crisis pregnancies, the brokenness of the world is on display before my eyes: the Enemy has distorted, in so many ways, the message of abortion.
The world tells women that abortion is loving—that abortion is the only way to prevent your child and you from suffering under the weight of current circumstances such as poverty, lack of support, unstable environments, young age, and more. The world is not shy about communicating the option of abortion and the lie that abortion is the only solution that is easier, without long-lasting effects, and harmless.
Many women facing unplanned pregnancies feel as though the most honorable decision they can make for themselves and their children is abortion: you see, even as distorted as it may seem, love and fear are often the driving force in abortion.
I have spoken with many women who were considering abortion and their reasons were more than just “convenience.” They know that parenting their child is not in the child’s best interest, and unfortunately, the lie of the enemy tells them “abortion is the only option.” That is, until by God’s grace, they hear another option: the option of adoption.
When women hear the option of adoption, and their fears and misconceptions are addressed head on, they understand their value and their child’s value.
Something beautiful happens as the wool is removed from the eyes of these women. Instead of being driven by fear and love, they are driven by truth and love, and they understand that adoption is a beautiful option. We at Lifeline get the honor and the privilege of seeing the Father orchestrate this beauty for His glory.
Whether women hear about adoption through a family friend, the Internet, a co-worker, doctor, or a crisis pregnancy center, women are hearing that adoption is another option. God has given Lifeline a unique opportunity to meet these women and share with them, maybe for the first time, that all of very real challenges they are facing with an unexpected or crisis pregnancy can be addressed through adoption. They are not hopelessly limited to abortion. All of the things that they hope to satisfy through an abortion can be satisfied in a life-giving, God-honoring, child- AND woman-honoring alternative: adoption.
The Lord has given us a platform unlike many in which we can walk alongside women, sharing with them that not only does their child have value, but they also have value because they are made in the image of God, and He longs to be in relationship with them.
Women who choose adoption are making this decision because they love their child deeply and desire for their child to be in a stable home, where a family can provide this child with the resources and opportunities that the mother may not be able to at this time, but long for them to have.
The strength of the women that walk into the office of Lifeline Children’s Services seeking to even consider and hear the option of adoption is nothing short of a miracle and God’s grace. They are strong women who love their child and want the best. We want them to know that we love them, support them, and want them know their value in their Creator as we show them the option of adoption.