Troubled Economy Yields More Adoptions, Not Just Abortions, for Pregnant Moms

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 20, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Troubled Economy Yields More Adoptions, Not Just Abortions, for Pregnant Moms

by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 20
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — Because of the troubled economy anecdotal evidence and hard numbers from abortion centers show the number of abortions are on the rise. However, the same personal stories and figures from agencies show the number of adoptions are increasing as well.

As families struggle to make ends meet, several large adoption agencies tell USA Today that they are seeking more pregnant women decide to do something they never thought they would do — place a baby for adoption.

Joan Jaeger of The Cradle, a Chicago-area adoption agency, says many of the women coming to her are in their 20s and 30s and already have children. They see another child as an additional expense they can’t afford.

Jaeger tells the newspaper that she is seeing a 30 percent increase in the number of adoptions compared with 2008.

Scott Mars of American Adoptions, a private national adoption agency based in Kansas, tells USA he has seen a 10-12 percent increase in the number of inquiries about adoption and a 7-10 percent increase in the number of actual placements.

"The economy has made them take a second look at adoption," he says.

Joseph Sica of Adoption By Shepherd Care, based in Florida, is also seeing higher numbers. He said she gets many calls from pregnant moms directly from the hospital where they recently gave birth.

In March, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business, admitted that abortions are climbing at its centers across the country. An email from PPFA president Cecile Richards cited more evidence that Planned Parenthood abortion facilities are doing more abortions over the last few months.

"As the economic downturn has worsened, Planned Parenthood health centers across the country are seeing an increase in the number of patients," she wrote.

According to Richards, Planned Parenthood of East Central Iowa now adds about five or six women each day to its client roster, whereas it formerly added that many patients on only a weekly basis.

She also notes that Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in northern California saw a 21 percent jump (from the previous December) in the number of patients they saw in December 2008.

The numbers confirmed an Associated Press report that cited various anecdotal evidence showing some places across the country seeing record numbers of abortions.

Abortion doesn’t have to be the option of first resort for women and families during tough economic times. A network of thousands of pregnancy centers exists that provides couples with free or low-cost pregnancy-related items to help them weather the storm a little easier.

There are more than 2,300 pregnancy centers across the United States — significantly more than the number of abortion businesses. Unlike abortion facilities, these centers help pregnant women with baby and maternity resources, parenting classes, adoption, medical and educational needs, counseling, community referrals and support for women who had abortions they regret.

Care Net supports a network of more than 1,000 pregnancy centers in North America.

Together with the pregnancy center network Heartbeat International, it operates the 24-7 call center, OptionLine (800-395-HELP) that connects callers with help at local pregnancy centers.

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