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Prominent Pastor Encourages Single Women to Give Up Kids for Adoption

A prominent pastor and radio show host recently informed single mothers that adoption is the “best option for everyone concerned.”  Dr. Richard D. Land, the current president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary, former George W. Bush appointee and outspoken member of the Southern Baptist Convention, made the remarks in a Christian Post op-ed advocating for more mothers to consider adoption.

“Adoption,” Dr. Land insisted, is the “best answer in almost every case where a mother finds herself with a ‘problem’ pregnancy.”

He continued by defining ‘problem pregnancy’ as when, “the father is not married to the mother.”

According to Land, single mothers rarely consider adoption and instead choose abortion or to keep the child at home.  Demanding abortion is never an “acceptable option,” Land said adoption is the only way to ensure the child a good, Christian home.

“Keeping the baby is almost never preferable to allowing a baby to be adopted into a solid, faithful Christian home,” Land claimed in the op-ed. “A single mother who keeps her baby is quite often denying that baby the father that God wants for that baby, and every baby, to have.”

Pointing to the economic realities of single parenthood for both mother and child, as well as the growing number of children born to women who are not married to their partners, Land went as far as to suggest that the best expression of maternal love was a mother willing to give up her child through adoption.

“If the mother is doing what is best for her baby (one of the defining marks of maternal love), she will part with her baby so that it will have the future God intended for him or her to have,” he said.

Not surprisingly, Land’s controversial remarks drew strong response from those who disagreed with his assertion that single mothers were unfit to raise a child.

“The bible exhorts us to care for women and their children…not to take children away from their mothers, “ Mari Tatlow Steed wrote in response to Land’s claims.

Mark Ryder, who works to help preserve families in the developing world called the idea that single mothers should give up their children “appalling,” and stressed that Land’s opinion did not reflect the majority of those of faith.

“This is a minority view and most Americans disagree with you completely,” Ryder said


Photo Credit: Screenshot/C-Span interview with Dr. Land

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