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This week I had the opportunity to speak in London. Right to Life London invited me to speak on the topic of adoption.  I was thrilled.



One of the arguments that people throw at the pro-life movement is that we are forced birth, or we only care that the baby is born, and we don't care what happens after the baby is born.  


The truth is that argument is both unfactual and also a nonsense argument.  Saying I can only care if a human is murdered or not if I plan on taking that human into my home is of course nonsense.  

Imagine if we said that about the homeless?  If the government decided to kill all the homeless people, and we stood up to that, no one would say

"unless you're bringing the homeless into your home, 
you're not allowed to be against us killing them. "

That would, of course, be outrageous. 
The argument is also unfactual. 

Here is the truth.
The pro-life movement is at the forefront of adoption.
There are no unwanted BABIES.
The truth is that there is at least a five year waiting period for parents who want to adopt a baby.  There are hundreds of waiting families and no unwanted babies.  


However, there is still a call to adopt.  In my talk, I hoped to open up minds to the idea of adopting sibling groups, and older children.

Did you know?
  • 7,800 children age out of the system in Canada each year without being adopted. These children are 200 times more likely to be homeless, and more than half will suffer from substance abuse.
  • 78% of children who commit suicide are in the foster care system.


My talk was divided into two sections.  Explaining what the process looks like when you adopt, and how to support the families that have adopted.

I was so happy to see so many people representing so many London area churches.  The truth is the church, and the pro-life movement has been at the forefront of adoption. 

After speaking for an hour I opened up the floor to questions.  Everyone had so many questions I was answering questions for almost another hour. 

Around the room were tables with other great resources,  adoption agencies, and adoption support groups. 

My prayer is that more churches will want to learn more about adoption and how to support families that adopt.  I am happy to come and speak to any church that would like to motivate its congregation to foster or adopt.  What churches also need is awareness of what the families going through this process will need. 


Lorelee Simens is a mother of four teenagers.  
She is a co-host of a podcast called Gifts From God - a podcast that shares the stories and advice from adoptive and parents. 


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