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The Adoption Option

The Adoption Option

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Jessia Arons explores why adoption is a pregnancy option that few women choose nowadays.
Jessia Arons explores why adoption is a pregnancy option that few women choose nowadays.

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Published by: Center for American Progress on Oct 18, 2010
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The Adoption Option
Adoption Won’t Reduce Abortion but It Will Expand Women’sChoices
Jessica Arons October 2010
The Adoption Option
Adoption Won’t Reduce Abortion but It Will ExpandWomen’s Choices
Jessica Arons October 2010
 In he debae over nding “common ground” on aborion, muchhas been made o he ac ha, when asked why hey chose ohave an aborion, many women say, “I can’ aord anoher childrigh now.” Given his response, some have suggesed ha provid-ing addiional suppors o pregnan women migh help reduce heaborion rae. Te hinking goes ha i women eel he economicobsacles are oo grea o carry a pregnancy o erm—especiallyan uninended pregnancy—hen policies ha ease hose burdensmay help a woman ulimaely have a child ha she wans ohave. An alernaive line o hinking suggess ha i a womanis rying o decide beween aborion and carrying o erm,addiional suppors may ip he balance and lead her o choosehaving he child.Te Cener or American Progress coninues o believe ha, per he public healh daa, widespread access o conracepionis he mos eecive mehod available or reducing uninended pregnancy, especially when coupled wih medically accurae sexeducaion. Uninended pregnancy is, aer all, he proximaecause o he vas majoriy o aborions. We also believe ha he governmen should no be in he business o promoing one moralviewpoin over anoher, nor should i ry o persuade individualso make paricular healh care decisions ha have no bearing on public healh oucomes. Neverheless, we do believe in aking a comprehensive approacho addressing reproducive healh needs and we eel ha i isan imporan policy objecive in is own righ o provide beter suppors o pregnan women, regardless o any poenial subse-quen eec on he aborion rae. We will hereore be examining,hrough a series o issue bries, a variey o meaningul ways inwhich we can beter address he needs o pregnan women.When a woman says she can’ aord a child, she is no jus hink-ing o he nine monhs o pregnancy, he rs ew monhs aer hechild is born, or even he rs ew years o lie. She is mos likelyhinking abou he nex 18 years—or beyond—and how she willclohe, bahe, eed, house, nurure, and educae anoher humanbeing or ha enire period o ime.She may already have one or more children o care or—indeed6 ou o every 10 women who have aborions are already moh-ers. She may be he primary careaker or a disabled or elderlymember o her amily. She may wan a amily one day bu eel eco-nomically or emoionally unprepared o sar one now. She mayhave a parner who is willing o help raise a child or no. She maybe working, unemployed, or rying o nish her educaion so shecan beter suppor hersel and her loved ones. I working, she mayhave secure employmen or she may be one sick day away oma pink slip. She may be in perec healh, have a chronic illness,sruggle wih addicion, or suer inimae parner violence. Shemay have healh insurance or she may be uninsured. She migh consider adopion or hink i is ou o he quesion. In shor, a muliude o acors may aec her decision o con-inue or erminae a pregnancy. And “I can’ aord a child righ now” can encompass a number o hese acors. Diapers and or-mula are clearly no sufcien. Sysemaic changes o healh care,he workplace, he adopion sysem, and ohers are necessary ohave a real eec on he lives o pregnan women.
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