Amid the expressions of grief at the passing of one of America’s greatest innovators — Steve Jobs — one offhand comment by someone on CNN was jarring. Describing his brilliance, his inventiveness, his business genius, and his inspired leadership, one host added, “And his parents didn’t want him! They gave him up for adoption, if you can believe that!”
It is one of the enduring misconceptions of modern life that birth parents who make adoption plans for their children “don’t want them” and that this “rejection” scars the adoptee for life. The social-science data refute this. But even before considering the statistics about adoption, consider the absurdity of characterizing adoption this way in an age of widespread abortion. There are countless women who say “I could never give up my baby for adoption” but who, strangely, see no impossibility in aborting their unborn babies.
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