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Here you'll find information about Adoption and Abortion. These may not be facts that you have heard, or seen before. I do not know much about these two subjects, so I have turned to some reliable web sites.

Helpful: Adoption Information Web Site


What is adoption?

Adoption is the legal way for non-biological parents to assume a parent-child relationship with a child. Adoption usually ends the relationship between the child and the biological parents.

Who can adopt a child?

An adult can adopt an unmarried child under the age of eighteen. The adult must be at least ten years older than the child unless the adopting parent is a stepparent or married relative of the child.

Does the child have any say in the adoption?

An adult can adopt an unmarried child under the age of eighteen. The adult must be at least ten years older than the child unless the adopting parent is a stepparent or married relative of the child.

Does a minor parent need her parent's permission in order to give her baby up for adoption?

No. A minor has the right to give up his or her baby for adoption and does not need permission to do so. Minor parents have the same rights and responsibilities as adult parents. The adoption also cannot be undone because the biological parents were minors when they made the decision to give the baby up for adoption.

Is it necessary for both birth parents to agree in order for the birth mother to turn the baby over for adoption?

It depends on the legal status of the father. Generally, if the parents were married prior to or at the time of the birth of the child the father is the "presumed father" under the law. He is also the "presumed father" if he married the mother after the baby was born and he is either named the father on the birth certificate or he is required to pay child support by a court order. A "presumed father" must be notified of the proposed adoption and he has a right to veto it. However, if he vetoes the adoption he must be willing to assume full physical custody of the child himself. If the biological father is not legally entitled to "presumed father" status he must still be notified of the impending adoption. He has no right to veto the adoption unless he can gain "presumed father" status.

What if the "presumed father" is not taking care of the baby - can he still veto the adoption?

If the father leaves the baby with the mother, and makes no attempt to support or communicate with them for at least one year the court may decide that he has abandoned them. If so, he has no right to try to stop the adoption. Also, if both parents leave their child with someone else for at least six months they both may lose their right to veto an adoption.

If the biological parent is a convicted felon does he/she still have to agree to the adoption?

Yes, unless the facts of the crime show that the parent is unfit.

How do you put a baby up for adoption?

There are two main ways: agency or independent adoption.

  • An agency adoption is one where the biological parents give up the child to a private or state agency and the agency places the child with adoptive parents. The child usually is placed in foster care until the adoption is finalized.
  • An independent adoption is one where the biological parents can contact prospective adoptive parents directly or have another person, such as an attorney, priest or doctor, contact prospective adoptive parents in order to arrange an adoption. The biological parents must consent to the adoption before the baby is born. The adoptive parents often pay for maternity-related expenses and any legal fees.
Can a stepparent adopt his/her stepchild?

Yes, if the biological parents agree. However, in the case of a stepparent adoption, the biological parent who is married to the stepparent retains his/her parental rights and custody of the child.

Is it possible for an adult to be adopted? 

Yes. The only requirement is that the adoptive parent must be older than the adult. This is most often done when a stepparent adopts the adult children of his/her spouse.


If you are in NEED of (Quick) advice, or help. Please go to this web site. It will give you the information you could need.


Listen: The Heart

A little about Abortion.
By: Lisa Donnelly (Some editing was done, Nicki)
Having my abortion is not the best thing to have in the world it can lead to all differnet kinds of depressionl. One of the most common depression that people that have abortions face is called:
"PASS" = (Post Abortive Stress Syndrome)


Feelings of sadness and crying when seeing babies or children or pregnant women

Feelings of jealousy when seeing babies or children or pregnant women.

"Anniversary Date" problems:
The Anniversary is usually one of three, or all three;

   1. The date the woman got pregnant
   2. The date of the abortion procedure
   3. The would be 'due date' of the baby, had the pregnancy not been interrupted.
      Anniversary Date problems can be: an unexplained lapse back into severe depression in the days before and after an Anniversary Date, illness on or around Anniversary Dates, Accidents and Injuries around Anniversary Dates, reoccurrence of any other regular PASS symptoms. Sometimes this can be unconscious - the woman doesn't think
'consciously' about an upcoming date being an "Anniversary", it's all subconscious, and just finds herself getting any of the above mentioned problems around an Anniversary Date year after year, with no other explanation for them. Even when women recover, Anniversary Dates can still be problematic.

   4. Sleep Problems:
      Having difficulty falling asleep, having difficulty staying
asleep, sleep problems in general.

   5. Dreams and Nightmares, featuring:
      either a baby in danger that you can't help, or yourself in
danger; common 'threateners' are people with knives, or medical people. Picturing yourself having a baby, or being with a baby or small child - various problems happen in these dreams, people try to take the baby away from you, or the baby or child is upset and won't look at you, or other people are telling you what you have to 'do' with the baby, commonly like it needs surgery that you don't want it to have, ect. These occur frequently, nightly for some women, weekly for others, monthly or only on 'anniversaries' for others. These
dreams can be quite upsetting, and can contribute to the sleep

   6. 'Replacement Baby' feelings:
      - the strong urge to go out and get pregnant again, preferably with the same man, but in this urge, any man will do, and 'keep' it this time. This urge is present, even when all the reasons or situations that influenced women to choose an abortion the first time are still in place. Many of the women at my site have done that, and then were surprised to find that they actually felt 'worse' about the abortion because of it! And that's because 'replacing' a baby is
impossible - you still miss the one you 'lost' regardless of how many additional you have. But when that desperate urge hits, you can't realize that - it seems like if you just 'get pregnant again' and keep it, everything will be fine. The 'replacement baby' feeling can be very strong. Women can even go as far as to sneak behind their partner's back, and stop using birth-control, or even get
artificially inseminated, if the partner has had a vasectomy. Even if a woman does go and get immediately pregnant with a replacement baby, once the new baby is born, they have reported a return of the replacement baby urge right after birth!

   7. Intrusion or 'Flashbacks':
      "Intrusion" means the woman can involuntarily re-experience the abortion or events surrounding it - flashbacks to the clinic, to protestors, to the actual abortion procedure, and the hours afterwards.

   8. Numbing Out:
      "emotional constriction" or "numbing" - a need to avoid
feelings, thoughts and situations reminiscent of the trauma, a loss of normal emotional responses or both. Their feelings can seem "unreal" to them, and the ordinary day to day business of life no longer matters. They feel cut off from the concerns of others, and are unable to trust them. It seems like the future holds nothing, and there's really no purpose for living. They numb themselves out, to protect themselves from possible future trauma. Alcohol, food and drugs can also be used as part of the 'numbing'.

   9. Anger:
      Depending on the stage, the anger may be weak and hidden, or it may be extremely intense and full blown. The anger may be towards themselves, or the people they perceive as responsible for their abortion, or both.

  10. Guilt and Shame:
      Women tend to feel guilt and shame about their abortion and they do not tell anyone about it, or talk to anyone about it, and will go to great lengths to prevent anyone from finding out about it, including lying to doctors, family and friends about having one.

  11. Isolating Themselves:
      They may be experiencing shame at their own helplessness to 'get over this', and then become demoralized and isolated, and withdraw themselves from activities they used to enjoy, and isolate themselves from friendships, and social situations. Isolating is very common, and also seems to come with depression.

  12. Sensitivity to pre-existing phobias:
      If a woman had certain phobias before, such as fear of heights, fear of thunderstorms, or fear of bugs, those fears and phobias can become more severe, with the woman being much more sensitive to these phobias than she was before.

  13. Eating disorders:
      Anorexia and compulsive overeating both have been noted by me(via website and surveys) to start after an abortion, where there was no history before. It seems that women are upset about what has transpired, and wish to 'punish' themselves subconsciously, for what they have done. Also there is a lot of stress associated with the whole idea of sex and pregnancy and abortion, and women have reported
to me a need to feel 'unattractive', to avoid the possibility of a
relationship, because in their traumatized state of mind, they think "Oh god, I'll get into a relationship, then my birth control will fail again, then I'll have to face another abortion, and this would just kill me", and so women find themselves either eating compulsively to swell themselves up and protect themselves from this problem, or to not eating at all.

  14. Easily startled and upset by:
      loud noises that resemble the suction machine, such as vacuum cleaners, and blenders. one woman reported to me that the first time she went to 'Starbucks" after her abortion, to get her favorite blended coffee drink, that the sound of their blender made her sick to her stomach, and shaky and sweaty, and she ran out without even getting it!

  15. Obsession with pictures of fetuses:
      I call this the 'drive-by' part - it's like slowing down to
look at a car wreck - you know it's going to horrify you, but you 'have' to see. At this stage, women become obsessed with what their fetus looked like, and search out pictures of a fetus that matches the age that theirs was, and stare at it, and imagine what it felt like when it was alive, and try to imagine if it heard or felt anything. Woman have reported to me over and over again, that they feel compelled to look, to know, yet feel even worse afterwards! I have placed some links on my site to Medical Schools that have pictures like this online, so they can AVOID the prolife sites that show unnecessarily graphic pictures, as well as misrepresentations of what fetuses look like at different ages.

  16. Relationship problems:
      Having problems with relationships with your partner, lots of anger or other emotions interfering in your daily life and
relationship, being unable to discuss and resolve these problems, and relationship problems with anyone else who was around or influenced your decision to have an abortion.

  17. Difficulty Making Decisions:
      Women have reported difficulty making decisions, being
unwilling to make any decisions, being very upset by any changes such as moving, changing jobs. There is a panic that a 'wrong' decision might be made, and this can be a big problem. It can affect all kinds of daily small decisions, like what to have for dinner, what movie to get from the video store. A sense of panic sets in, and the woman feels frozen and paralyzed. One woman told me about breaking down
with her b/f and crying in Blockbuster, because she couldn't handle even choosing a movie for the weekend.

  18. Emotional numbness with regards to current children:
      being unable to relate and bond properly with the ones that are here. Feeling like a 'bad mother', and feeling like the children would be better off without her interaction and influence.

  19. Overprotectiveness of current children:
      an almost hysterical worry about current children, constant fears that something will happen to them, as 'punishment' for having the abortion. This can lead to parents not being willing to leave the child with any babysitters, being overprotective about their physical health, and the activities they do.

  20. Fears and overprotectiveness when pregnant again:
      When a woman becomes pregnant after an abortion with a planned pregnancy, there can be a reoccurrence of nightmares, as well as constant fear and worry that something will 'go wrong' with this pregnancy, as punishment for the abortion. Fear of the baby dying, or having something wrong with it are common.

  21. Comparison of pregnancies and/or children:
      Looking at pregnant women, babies or children (depending on 'when' you had your abortion), and comparing yourself to where you would be in the pregnancy, had you kept it, or also comparing the baby or child to where 'your child' would be, if you had kept it. Looking at other children and thinking they look like what your child would have looked like.

  22. Viewing miscarriage or infertility as 'punishment':
      Feeling that future problems with infertility or miscarriages
are 'punishment' for having had an abortion.

  23. Suicidal feelings:
      many women have problems for weeks, even months or years of struggling with suicidal feelings, feeling like they 'don't deserve' to be alive, and some report the urge to want to go 'find' the baby in 'wherever' and apologize to it, hold it, ect.. And just general suicidal feelings with the thoughts of being unable to cope with what has occurred.

  24. Triggers of smells and food:
      women have reported being unable to eat or having a
panic/nausea/anxiety attack at the smell of food they ate on the
morning of the ab, or from what they gave them in the recovery room afterwards. One woman told me she wants to vomit at the smell and site of graham crackers now, because that was what her clinic gave afterwards.

  25. Sex problems:
      this seems to go either way - fear of sex, and a terror of
getting pregnant again, no desire for sex, and no ability to enjoy it, or else careless casual sex (which had not been the person's 'way of operating' before) having sex with anybody, not caring about birth control, and not caring if another pregnancy occurs.

  26. Being distressed at having your period - it's a reminder of the abortion, lots of blood and cramps again, and no baby. Women with PASS seem to be very upset the first few times they have their period after an abortion. One woman who had  no problems before was terrified by the sight of blood, and had to keep getting in the shower 5 or 6 times a day to wash herself clean - she couldn't stand seeing or smelling and blood on herself.

  27. Anxiety problems:
      Having problems with anxiety, worry and nervousness, with no visible cause. Anxiety can be treated with medication. To assess your level of anxiety, you can try the screening test in the Counseling Help Page

  28. Clinical Depression:
      This is very common for women with PASS - the trauma of the whole experience, and the problem of not having readily available public support for her feelings and issues after an abortion can lead to clinical depression. Clinical depression should be treated with anti-depressant medicatication.
Lisa is 22 and was 8 weeks pregnant when she had her Abortion. She says, "I'm 22 and old enough to bring up a chid."

Down below are some facts on what side effects abortion and pass has:

Symptoms that you have Post-Abortion Stress

- Self-harm, strong suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts

- Increase in dangerous and/or unhealthy activities (alcohol/drug abuse, anorexia/bulimia, compulsive over-eating, cutting, casual and indifferent sex and other inappropriate risk-taking behaviors)

- Depression that is stronger than just 'a little sadness or the blues'

- Inability to perform normal self-care activities

- Inability to function normally in her job or in school

- Inability to take care of or relate to her existing children or
function normally in her other relationships (i.e. with a spouse,
partner, other family member or friends)

- A desire to immediately get pregnant and 'replace' the baby that was aborted, even when all the circumstances that led her to 'choose abortion' the first time are still in place.

Other symptoms that may occur in the future are:

- Emotions, and dealing with emotional issues

- Struggles with depression

- Continued suicidal thoughts or attempts

- Anxiety and panic disorder

- Addictions of all kinds

- Difficulty sleeping and sleeping problems

- Disturbing dreams and/or nightmares

- Problems with phobias, or increase in severity of existing phobias

- Eating disorders

- "Replacement baby" syndrome

- Repeated unplanned pregnancies with additional abortions

- Repeated unplanned pregnancies carried to term

- "Atonement marriage", where the woman marries the partner from the abortion, to help justify the abortion

- Trouble with relationships and dealing with partners

- Distress at the sight of other pregnant women, other people's
babies and children

- Inability to deal with or socialize with other pregnant women,
other people's babies and children

- Codependence and inability to make decisions easily

- Problems with severe and disproportionate anger

- Work and school problems (unable to function normally)

- Problems bonding with and caring for existing children or new babies

- Distress and problems with later pregnancy

- Added emotional issues and problems when dealing with future infertility or other physical complications resulting from the abortion.

- Unhealthy obsession with excelling at work or school, to justify the abortion

What is Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome:

Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome (PASS) is a psychological side affect of having an abortion.

Abortion Survivor's Story: Gianna Jessen


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Did you know?

There were more then 1,200,000 Abortions performed in 1995 in the United States alone.

Between 1972 and 1990 there were 27 million abortions in the United States alone.

Source: According to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention.

How many babies are adopted?

4% of non-marital births are placed for adoption. In the U.S. this is about 50,000 non-related adoptions a year compared to 1,500,000 babies aborted.

Why do so few mothers place their babies?

In society, customs change. Right now it is the "in" thing to keep your baby. Part of the reason for this has been the overemphasis on women’s "rights" (as in abortion) over the baby’s rights, and the concept of the mother’s "ownership," which the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision taught our nation. Add to this the above insidious influence, the almost condemnation of, and the "poor mouthing" of adoption by many sex educators, Planned Parenthood people, social workers and others.

How many couples are waiting?

There are about two million couples waiting. Furthermore, each of these couples would want two or three, if available. Many will take hard-to-place children with special needs. Bachrach et al., "On the Path to Adoption"

"When the time comes as it surely will, when we face that awesome moment, the final judgment, I’ve often thought, as Fulton Sheen wrote, that it is a terrible moment of loneliness. You have no advocates, you are there alone standing before God — and a terror will rip your soul like nothing you can imagine. But I really think that those in the pro-life movement will not be alone. I think there’ll be a chorus of voices that have never been heard in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly in the next world — and they will plead for everyone who has been in this movement. They will say to God, ‘Spare him, because he loved us,’ — and God will look at you and say not, ‘Did you succeed?’ but ‘Did you try?’" Congressman Henry Hyde