For Kara, Steven, and Cale
In my opinion, there’s one thing that makes abortion completely useless; and that thing is adoption.
Putting a child up for adoption, unlike popular belief, is almost never done out of selfishness. It is one of the greatest sacrifices a person can make to give up their child in order for it to have a better life. A parent who offers their child for adoption is acting out of pure love for their kid. No adoptee should ever question their birth-parents love for them because they have made their love clear through sacrifice.
According to an article, “Major Depressive Disorder and Adoption,” “There is no scientific evidence indicating that being adopted leads to Major Depressive Disorder, either in childhood and adolescence or as an adult. But based on what medical professionals believe are some of the causes of the disorder, it appears that adoption could lead to depression in some people." So there maybe a correlation between adoption and depression, but it is a small one and does definitely not GUARANTEE that all adoptees will become depressed. Adoption can have adverse effects, but is it better to live with these effects or to not live at all?
A common argument to abort instead of offer for adoption is that the child could commit suicide because of the adoption. First, the mere idea of this is idiotic. It is basicly saying, “This kid has a CHANCE of attempting suicide, so I might as well kill them now and not give them a choice.” Next, according to a 2012 study, “adoption versus non-adoption, the estimated difference in suicidal thoughts was 2.9% higher during young adulthood for later adopted youth, 3.4% higher during early young adulthood and 3.5% higher during adolescence." (Statistics here.) Though there is a difference in percentages of suicidal thoughts in adoptees and non-adoptees, it is a small one and not worth murder for the chance the child may have suicidal thoughts!
In conclusion, adoption is an obvious alternative to abortion, which benefits every party involved. Adoptees may be affected by having been adopted, but it is overall better to have an imperfect life than to have no life, especially when we all have our problems and difficulties.