Posted by: Diane | December 16, 2013

Adoption – Not Abortion

I was very perturbed to read an article in the Star last week about India’s unwanted infant girls. It was stated that in a 2011 Lancet medical journal that 12 million Indian girls had been aborted in the past three decades.

Twelve million precious babies – I just can’t get that statistic out of my head.

A. Devaki, a government child protection officer in southern India reports that, “One girl is OK but a second or third will likely end up being killed. That’s why we introduced the Cradle Baby Scheme, a government project that permits parents to give unwanted baby girls anonymously to the state, saving them from possible death in a region where daughters are seen as a burden and where their murder is a common reality. Lack of education, the low status of girls and widespread poverty are the main reasons that female babies are killed or dumped with little chance of survival.”

This project allows people to leave unwanted baby girls in empty cradles in hospitals, welfare centers and government offices. These children are sent to registered orphanages, where they are put up for adoption and suitable adoptive parents are given custody.

Since the project started, poverty-stricken parents and single mothers have handed in more that 3,700 children but the really good news is that more than 3,600 of these children have been adopted.

There is criticism of this project – rights activists say that the program has failed to tackle the root causes of female infanticide by promoting the abandonment of girls and allowing parents to shift responsibility to the state.”

…but it’s a start.  A really good start.  Unwanted babies going to parents who truly want them seems like a win-win situation to me. I know it’s simple thinking on my part but aborting twelve million babies certainly can not be the right answer.

Abortion draws out the clashes between two divergent world views. The humanistic worldview says, “Man is the highest standard there is. You don’t answer to anyone, so do whatever you want.” The Christian worldview says, “We answer to God, and He has commanded us not to murder. We must always submit our desires and preferences to the authority of His word.”

I believe that God is the One who gives life, and only He has the right to take it away. Every person, born or unborn, is a precious soul made by God, in His image. Every life is an entrustment from God we need to celebrate and protect. Someone once said, We have seen the results of abortion. One is left lifeless and the other wounded.”

…so adopting unwanted children seems to be a good place to start.

God’s Word is simple and true.

Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Jeremiah 1.5  NIV

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