Missouri Gov. Mike Parson highlighted the beauty of adoption this month by lighting the Missouri State Capitol dome in purple for National Adoption Month.
Parson is a pro-life Republican who has repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to caring for the most vulnerable members of society, born and unborn.
“We light the dome purple to recognize National Adoption Month and open the hearts of Missourians to these special children who dream of a life with an adoptive family,” he wrote on Twitter over the weekend.
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— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) November 21, 2020
Such displays and actions refute the false claims that pro-lifers only care about babies before they are born. Parson has shown his support for Missouri families in numerous ways. In July, he signed a state budget that included $6.5 million to help mothers who choose life for their unborn babies. His administration also fought to keep women safe after a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in St. Louis developed a long record of health and safety violations, including botched abortions. The pro-life governor also has signed several pro-life laws to protect unborn babies from abortions.
Earlier this month, President Donald Trump also celebrated the “blessing of adoption” and committed to providing a brighter future for all children, including those not yet born.
“Every year, countless families -– including many who cannot have children of their own –- cherish the priceless gift of an adopted child,” Trump said. “I commend the selfless men and women who preserve the majesty of God’s creation by providing children with a chance at a better life.”
Currently, there are more than 122,000 children waiting to be adopted in the foster care system, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. One in five of them are teenagers.
Trump said adoptions are at a record high and the number of children in foster care is dropping.
Adoption is a powerful, life-affirming choice for children and mothers in difficult situations. Every year, birth mothers make the difficult but courageous decision to make adoption plans for their babies.
Meanwhile, pro-life families are not only adopting babies and children from other countries, they also are serving as foster parents and adopting children from difficult circumstances who cannot safely return to their biological families.