More New Zealanders forced to look overseas to adopt
A few months ago, I was talking to a woman in her thirties who, after much trying and heartache, cannot have children. She had been on the New Zealand domestic adoption waiting list for a few years and had finally given up and was just going through the process of adopting twins from South Africa – something that she said was only possible because she retains her South African citizenship and has the means to fly over there for several months until the babies are ready to fly 'home' to New Zealand. She has been desperate to adopt a baby for many years and we discussed how absurd it is that New Zealand has one of the highest abortion rates in the world, yet there is a huge waiting list of loving homes who would desperately love to bring those children up; surely a win-win situation?
Christchurch GP Dr Hilary Cleland has commented that women with crisis pregnancies are often stressed and find their options difficult to consider "in panic mode" – something that is especially understandable if you are a young teenager (who in New Zealand are able to get an abortion through their schools without having to discuss the decision with their parents – a decision they might well regret after exiting their ‘panic mode’, as Cleland describes it). Cleland further commented that:
"I guess people are really in crisis and they look at their options and termination might seem like a quick solution. A lot of people are attracted to it because of that. They just want to get out of the situation that they are in...[Yet], there's a huge surplus of potential adoptive families out there. A lot of them would be great parents."
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