Opinion: If oppose abortions, work toward a welcoming society
The optimistic letter (see A choice for all"," Oct. 12) last week regarding Measure 106, which seeks to repeal state funding for abortions, caught my attention. The letter states, "There are many loving people who are desperate for a child, and for most of them, their only choice is to look outside the United States."
That statement felt very hopeful. I want it to be true because abortion is a traumatic event and no woman enters in to it lightly.
I did a quick search for statistics and here's what I found on a site called Adopt US Kids: "According to a 2016 department report, on any given day, more than 8,000 Oregon children are in foster care. Among these children, around 200 are available for adoption and waiting for adoptive families."
Only 200 out of 8,000 are available for adoption. We should be able to find homes for 200 children, shouldn't we? Money isn't an issue because there is no fee if you adopt a child through the Department of Human Services. I wonder how long the other 7,800 children will remain in foster care before their family issues are resolved and they go home, or will many of them eventually become available for adoption also? I wonder how many more children will be in foster care and/or available for adoption if we determine to make birth a decision required by society?
Women with financial means will still be afforded choice if Measure 106 passes. It will be mostly poor women who will give birth to children and then need to look for adoption or privately funded financial support to raise their child. Is that a reasonable expectation? I certainly hope so. It is a wonderful goal and one I hope can be made possible. But, don't we need to develop and fund a reliable process before we take this step?
If Oregon will not support abortion with tax dollars then we must ensure the required birth takes place in a welcoming and financially supportive society. I will be happy to work toward that end, but I cannot in good conscience take away the choice of abortion until we have created a new system of care for life after birth.