USA Today column: ‘Choose adoption, not abortion’

USA Today column: ‘Choose adoption, not abortion’

hands-240x300A column in Saturday’s issue of USA Today  tells the beautiful story of one woman’s journey from indifference to activism in the pro-life cause.  Grazie Pozo Christie, MD, writes:

“I used to be one of those who felt sorry for the idiots who spent their money putting up signs along the Florida Turnpike saying things like: ‘Abortion stops a beating heart,’ accompanied by an unpleasant depiction of an embryo. And then one day I was pushed off my horse and I became one of them.”

The thing that “pushed her off her horse” was the adoption of her youngest daughter, Lourdes. After having four biological children, Christie and her husband decided to adopt a child from China. Their daughter’s history is one that many girls under China’s one-child policy share – unwanted and undervalued, Lourdes was abandoned at three days old and brought to an orphanage full of little girls.

It was the process of this adoption that opened Christie’s eyes to the beauty and value of every human life. She writes:

“This little bit of humanity, so deeply unwanted, discarded and worthless, I learned was infinitely beautiful, infinitely valuable.”

The theme for this year’s March for Life in Washington D.C. is “Adoption: A Noble Decision” which Christie thinks is particularly appropriate. She writes:

“There are millions of people here in the U.S. that have empty arms and overflowing hearts who wish to adopt. This may not be a compelling reason for a woman to bring an unwanted child to term. But the fact that one person’s inconvenient, unwanted child could easily become another’s priceless treasure might be a timely reminder of the infinite value of every human. That realization was enough to change me forever.”

Read the full column at USA Today.