By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
During this National Adoption Month, it is a wonderful time to highlight the beauty and brilliance of adoption.
A heartwarming story recently appeared in my mailbox. Sharon (her name has been changed to protect her privacy) had learned that her daughter was pregnant, and the baby was 12 weeks gestation.
As Sharon told Morning Star Pregnancy Services, “My husband and I have always taught our children that babies are a gift from God and have life from the moment of conception. I was in shock to find out she was pregnant, let alone receiving the following message: my daughter was planning to have an abortion.”
Her daughter’s abortion was scheduled to occur at the 18 week mark. But before then, the young woman paid at least three visits to the pregnancy resource center. There, she “had the opportunity to sit with Morning Star’s counselors and talk through her feelings and her options.”
As a result of that supportive counseling, Sharon told Morning Star, “My daughter cancelled her abortion appointment and instead chose a family from our church to adopt her baby.”
One life saved…one new adoptive family made. It’s all in a day’s work for Morning Star and the thousands of pregnancy help centers across the United States.
As Morning Star officials point out, a number of businesses and churches had to shut their doors in Pennsylvania as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. But abortion centers continued to operate. That made Morning Star’s work all the more important. Had the pregnancy center not been open for business, Sharon’s daughter and her grandchild would have been in danger of suffering the consequences of abortion.
The selfless decision to place a child for adoption is a life-giving solution for a number of women facing challenging pregnancies.
For these courageous women, the adoption does not mark the end of their story, but the beginning of a new chapter. In this month when we honor adoption, let us pay tribute to brave birth mothers who give life and hope to their precious babies.