Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Sanctity of Life: Special Needs Adoptions

Human life is a divine creation in the image of God.  As Christians we all know this. We know how important life is and how much value it truly has. A popular verse reminds us of what God has taught:

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

This verse has been a common verse to fall to when combatting the current issue of abortion. Many of us have taken the stand against abortion because of the sanctity of life of the unborn child. Currently however, 84%-91% of infants that are prenatally diagnosed with Down’s syndrome end up aborted (Enouen). The horrific truth is that due to advanced medical testing, the modern trend is to not give birth to children with special needs. As Christians many of us take up this fight and stand against abortion.

Here is where it gets tricky though.  Amazingly, many women who are unprepared or unwilling to parent a child with special needs are still giving birth to their children. Lives are actually being saved! The result is that there are many children in foster care and orphanages with special needs. We fight all day for women to give birth to their special needs children, but end our fight there. I say to you today, we need to KEEP FIGHTING for the children once they are born! There are more than 30,000 children in Canada currently waiting to be adopted, the majority of them all with special needs.

Overseas there are millions of children with special needs YEARNING for a family to come and rescue them. Conditions overseas for these children are horrendous. They often spend their lives lying in cribs or “lying rooms,” never to be held or touched, wasting away in their own excrement. Some are left naked, to avoid a mess, sitting on cold cement floors, or potty’s for hours.  In Eastern Europe it is common for these children to be transferred to adult mental institutions by age 5, where no toys or stimulation is present.

The sanctity of life applies to unborn children for sure, but it ALSO applies to these tiny little souls after they are born as well, just waiting for a forever family to come and bring them home. The most common reason people do not adopt children with special needs is fear.  Education is vital and barriers must be broken, so that people willing and open to adoption can consider adopting a child with special needs. As an adoptive mother to three children with special needs I can say, God DOES give the strength and ability, even when we think we can’t! So please, consider adopting a child with special needs today!
James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after widows and orphans in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

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