By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
My co-worker surprised me one day by asking, “Did you see what’s on your cup?”
I turned the red paper cup around and looked at the wording imprinted on it. It stated, “Face it. Without adoption, Wendy’s wouldn’t be here.”
I knew it to be true. The founder of Wendy’s, the late Dave Thomas, had been adopted as a child. As an adult, after building a successful nationwide restaurant chain, he became a tireless advocate for adoption.
Think about it. Consider the jobs that would have been lost, the relationships that never would have formed. The people who would not have had Dave Thomas to look up to as a mentor and a business leader, were it not for adoption.
Just one child.
Multiply that by the many, many people whose families have been formed by adoption. A dear friend of mine adopted a little girl who is the love of her life. A colleague’s family has been happily expanded through adoption. And my own family has been richly blessed as a result of adoption.
Adoption saves and enhances lives. It forms strong families who greatly enrich our communities and our country. It is a life-giving alternative to the hopelessness of abortion.
So I would like to raise my cup and toast all those families whose lives have been forever changed by adoption. Your courageous, heroic witness inspires those who love and admire you.