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There’s an interesting op-ed that was published recently by Dr. Richard Land, a prominent voice in the Southern Baptist Convention. He appears to suggest that single mothers are doing harm to their children by choosing to raise them on their own — and has sparked a debate.

In an op-ed titled “Adoption: The Best Option” Land writes (excerpts):

Saturday, November 23, is National Adoption Day. This observance gives Americans the opportunity to focus on this neglected, multi-faceted issue that impacts our national future in significant ways.

First, Christians of all denominational persuasions across America should ask themselves this question, “As a Christian, what should my response be to the issue of adoption?” A biblical response to that question would go a long way toward successfully addressing the child neglect and child abuse crisis that afflict America.

Currently there are more than 100,000 children in foster care in America alone, with many times more across the globe, awaiting permanent adoption into loving “forever” families.

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I would encourage all eligible Christian couples to pray seriously about whether or not God wants them to adopt children in need of loving, caring parents.

Adoption is not only the best answer for the heartache and loneliness of foster children and those in orphanages both here and around the world, but it is also the best answer in almost every case where a mother finds herself with a “problem” pregnancy. Such pregnancies can arise from numerous circumstances, but most commonly they are a “problem” because the father is not married to the mother. Currently, almost all such single mothers choose either to abort or keep their babies (only 1 percent of such pregnancies currently end in adoption). Last year, 53 percent of babies born to women under thirty were born to single mothers. And yet, though adoption is seldom chosen in response to such pregnancies, it is virtually always the best option for everyone concerned.

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Keeping the baby is almost never preferable to allowing a baby to be adopted into a solid, faithful Christian home. A single mother who keeps her baby is quite often denying that baby the father that God wants for that baby, and every baby, to have. Furthermore, in most circumstances, keeping the baby circumscribes and forecloses both the mother’s and the baby’s economic futures in tragic and unfortunate ways.

If the mother is doing what is best for her baby (one of the defining marks of maternal love), she will part with her baby so that it will have the future God intended for him or her to have.

Read the full post: http://www.christianpost.com/news/adoption-the-best-option-109268/

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The issue seems to be, based on Land’s own words, that “problem pregnancies” are cases in which the father is not married to the pregnant woman — based on his definition (as opposed to the medical/health-based meaning of a “problem pregnancy”).

He then writes that “almost all of such single mothers choose either to abort or keep their babies” — that is, these pregnant women who have the “problem” of being unmarried usually choose to (1) kill the baby, or (2) keep the baby.

Land then states that in those “problem pregnancies” (that is, the woman is unmarried), “adoption is seldom chosen”… which means, these unmarried pregnant women choose abortion instead.

But then Land’s op-ed gets weird, because he then seems to “attack” (for lack of a better word) women with “problem pregnancies” (that is, who are pregnant and unmarried) for choosing to let their baby live and choosing to raise them, instead of putting their child up for adoption…

The reader is left to conclude that Land believes that all women who become pregnant and are not married should put their child up for adoption with a Christian family, because that is what God would want. Women in this situation who don’t do this are endangering the future welfare of their child…

Hmm.

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