Adoption Not a Solution to Broken Abortion Law

Source: In These Times
by Kathryn Joyce

“In June 2022, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito suggested, in the majority opinion of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, that one outcome of ending the constitutional right to abortion might be an increase in private domestic adoptions. In a footnote to his opinion, Alito noted that, according to a 2008 CDC report, ​’nearly 1 million women were seeking to adopt children in 2002 (i.e., they were in demand for a child), whereas the domestic supply of infants relinquished at birth or within the first month of life and available to be adopted had become virtually nonexistent.’ A similar argument had been previewed several months earlier during oral arguments for the case.” (05/29/24)