Georgia’s heartbeat bill has resulted in many Hollywood actresses sharing their abortion stories in an attempt to fight against the newly enacted legislation. Although she doesn’t live in Georgia, Hollywood actress Jameela Jamil (The Good Place, NBC) is the latest to share her story on Twitter. What she wrote was both ignorant and foolish.
Jamil wrote, “I had an abortion when I was young, and it was the best decision I have ever made. Both for me, and for the baby I didn’t want, and wasn’t ready for, emotionally, psychologically and financially. So many children will end up in foster homes. So many lives ruined. So very cruel.”
She then goes onto say that, “Ps…this isn’t any diss at ALL to foster homes. I’m in awe of people who take children in need of a family and a home: but if Georgia becomes inundated with children who are unwanted and unable to be cared for, it will be hard to find great fostering for them all.”
Based on her statements, abortion, i.e. death, is better than a life where the child might be adopted into a loving family? Her statement is abhorrent and is utterly offensive to the millions of Americans who have been adopted, have adopted children or are on the waiting list to adopt a child.
Unfortunately, Jamil’s thoughts aren’t that unusual. Volunteers at pro-life pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) have reported that some women who strongly consider abortion do so because they can’t imagine their child being adopted by another family. They believe that either they raise their child or no one else does.
But that simply isn’t logical. When raising the child isn’t an option, adoption is a life affirming alternative that doesn’t, as Jamil erroneously argues, “ruin” lives. Instead it saves them and offers biological parents and families the hope that one day they might be reunited with their children.
If Jamil thinks otherwise, there are some great examples of incredibly successful adoptees. In fact, the heads of two of the largest, and most successful companies in the entire world experienced adoption and parental upheaval.
Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, was adopted as a child after his biological parents, both university students, were pressured to place him for adoption. As a baby, Jobs was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs, and was eventually joined by an adoptive sister as well. Based on Jamil’s statement, it would’ve been better off if Jobs, the man who designed the device she probably tweeted from, had been aborted rather than adopted? Jobs didn’t think so.
In an interview when asked about his biological parents, Jobs side stepped and said that Paul and Clara Jobs were his parents. He also commended his father, saying that Paul was a “genius with his hands,” and that Jobs only wanted “to try to be as good a father to (my children) as my father was to me.” He may not have been raised by his biological parents, but Jobs was given the opportunity to live and created one of the most revolutionary companies and products in the entire world. “I’m glad I didn’t end up as an abortion,” Jobs said.
Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the richest man in the world, also has an interesting beginning as the child of a teenage parents. His mother was only 17-years-old when he was born, and his father was a member of a unicycle troupe and “had a habit of drinking too much.” Although his biological parents were married for a short period of time, they divorced, and Bezos’ mother married a Cuban immigrant named Miguel Bezos, who legally adopted Jeff.
Who knew that the child of teenagers and a unicycle rider would create a company as influential as Amazon?
What abortion advocates like Jamil fail to realize is that human potential is not dictated by circumstances of someone’s birth. On paper, earlier in their lives Jobs and Bezos seem unlikely to become two of the most successful and groundbreaking innovators of our time. But they did. Yes, the beginning of their lives wasn’t perfect but that did not determine their success as adults. Even Leonardo da Vinci, a renaissance man of almost unparalleled brilliance, was the illegitimate son of a notary. But his position in society allowed him to explore his painting and scientific curiosity to historical acclaim without the burden of his family name.
In a perfect world, every child would be born into a loving and supportive family that has the financial means to give him or her the best life possible. That doesn’t always happen, but there are alternatives to abortion. Every day, prospective adoptive parents across this country wait anxiously for the news that there is a child out there waiting for them. Hopefully mothers dealing with an unplanned pregnancy will ignore the obtuse ramblings of women like Jamil and consider adoption instead of an abortion.
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