I stole this from the Families Supporting Adoption blog. I hope they don't mind me sharing it.
*The OLD think is in BLUE.
If I find myself unexpectedly pregnant, abortion and single parenting are my only choices.
There is a third choice, one that has proven to be a success for birth mothers and children–the adoption option.
I would never consider adoption–it would be too hard.
Which ever choice you make will present many hardships–adoption may be no more difficult than abortion or single parenting.
My friends and family will think I'm terrible giving up my own flesh and blood.
Adoption is not "giving up," it is giving to–a decision you have carefully made out of love for the future of your child and yourself.
I'll never know what happened to my baby. I simply couldn't live that way.
The old way of doing adoptions (secrecy and no control) is out. The new way–open adoption–allows you to make the decisions regarding the future of your child and yourself.
Why adoption? Isn't it just for people who can't have their own kids?
Not necessarily true. Yes, some people cannot biologically conceive, but adoption provides a family for a child, not a child for a family.
Kids who are adopted have lots of problems.
Not founded in fact. Refer to the Search Institute Study. Children who are adopted have, among other characteristics, high self-esteem and positive identity concerns at rates as high or higher than their peers.
What about me? I feel it's my responsibility to raise my child.
Your responsibility is to make the very best and informed decision that you can for your child. Studies show that birth mothers who make an adoption plan typically move forward in their life, finish their education, have a career, and eventually marry.