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One the Australian government website, it states that there were 384 finalised adoptions in 2010–11 which was the lowest annual number on record being a 7% decline from 2009-2010 and a 66% decline from 1,142 adoptions in 1990–91.
And what is the reason that this decline has occurred? Well according to their own words, it “can be attributed to a fall in the number of Australian children adopted...” Yes, you read that right. There aren’t children for adoption because there aren’t children for adoption. Red is the shirt because the shirt is red!
It continues that the decline is also due to the number of children considered to be in need of adoption and legally able to be adopted.
One wonders how the factor of 90,000+ abortions in Australia each year plays no part in their reasoning. Any Year 2 child would be able to see and understand a graph showing that as the rate of abortions rose, there was a corresponding plummet in the rate of adoptions.
It certainly brings to mind that old saying by Thomas Jefferson, “It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself."
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It was reported today (24/11/11) that a woman in Melbourne Royal Hospital was scheduled to have a late term abortion of a 32 week unborn baby boy, one of twins. The reason for the abortion according to the report, was because the baby had a congenital heart defect and would require “a lifetime of operations”. Inadvertently the “perfect” baby was aborted, and the surviving “imperfect” baby was then delivered by “an emergency caesarean section to end the life of the sick child.”
The whole scenario is sad and sickening on so many levels. Firstly, why not birth the twins and allow the “imperfect” twin to be adopted by a couple who can’t have children of their own? There are many childless couples who are prepared to have any child no matter how “imperfect” in the eyes of the world, and no matter how many operations the child would need over his lifetime.
Secondly, what possible joy would the “perfect” baby, should he have survived, have had in knowing that his twin brother was killed in the womb just because his heart wasn’t perfectly formed?
All media reports state that the clinician and the person who performed the sonogram, as well as the parents, are “inconsolable”. Tragically they are not inconsolable because of the loss of the life of the baby but because the life lost in the first instance, was that of the wrong ie healthy twin! It seems the death of the “imperfect” twin would have been accepted as necessary and acceptable! How sad! How sickening!
The value of human life, born or unborn, does not hinge on our health – nor our parentage, nor our circumstance. The value of human life is intrinsic merely because we are human.