Letters | Roe v. Wade: 40 years later

Adoption should not be made a separate issue in the debate

If the issue of abortion presents a battlefield or a quagmire, we would like to point out that there is an alternate path: adoption (“Beyond pro-life and pro-choice,” Roland Merullo, Op-ed, Jan. 22). To some this may not seem on point; to some the abortion question is an issue of rights — the right to exist, or the right to govern one’s own existence.

Collectively we seem to hold the issues of abortion and adoption in separate territories. The rights over body and birth are distant in the minds of many from the right to be part of a loving family. This is a mistaken perception, and the miles from birth to family a fiction.

Let’s work together, not only to decrease the number of unwanted pregnancies, but to increase the number of intentional families. If we reimagine the terrain, and decide that there is no such thing as an unwanted child, however conceived, we will truly be working together for the common good.

Kate Duffield

Michael Duffield