The Christian adoption racket
Wednesday, 02 September, 2009
HIGHLIGHT: Right-wing "crisis pregnancy centers" are even more corrupt than you think
We like to say that abortion opponents care about what happens to babies only until they're born. Well, turns out we might be wrong. In many cases they do care what happens post-partum -- far, far too much. In "Shotgun Adoption," a truly chilling investigative report in the current issue of the Nation, "Quiverfull" author Kathryn Joyce reveals that so-called (and taxpayer-funded) crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) often have an extreme-Christian agenda even more corrupt than using false pretenses and scare tactics to pressure women to continue challenging pregnancies. That is: They don't just coerce women to have children. They coerce women to give their children up.
Give the children up, that is, so that they can grow up in a "good" Christian family.
"While there is growing awareness of how CPCs hinder abortion access, the centers have a broader agenda that is less well known: they seek not only to induce women to 'choose life' but to choose adoption, either by offering adoption services themselves ... or by referring women to Christian adoption agencies," Joyce writes. (...)
Martin's comment: This should be contextualized to point out that CPCs are not alone in doing this. In Quebec at least, State civil servants mobilized to deal with "children having children" also put the thumbscrews on pregnant young women to coerce them into signing away their children to adoption. And the pressure is relentless to change the law in order to make these adoptions permanent as soon as possible.