Thanks to the Womens Liberation movement, women today have more control over reproduction, including options like contraception and legal abortion, than they did in the 1960s. However, contraception is not 100% effective and there is a risk of pregnancy when a male and a female have sex. In times past, males have often claimed that women get themselves pregnant that the male is completely incapable of controlling himself and need not take any responsibility for pregnancy or his children at all.
In modern times, with women having more control over reproduction, some men seem to have acquired an even stronger belief than ever that males should be able to have sex any time they want and bear no responsibility for pregnancy prevention or for the unexpected children born to them. As evidence, there is a movement of men who say they want to opt-out of fatherhood. The idea is that if her contraception doesnt work and she doesnt get an abortion, the human being that is born and looks just like him is not his problem. If his son or daughter later feels abandoned by his/her father some dads say thats just too bad. These males believe there should be no risks and no male consequences for having sex.
The unwed mother is still being stoned and ostracized in America. Oddly, when the stoning begins many women join right in, supporting the males right to abandon his children and insisting that a woman who is single take sole responsibility for pregnancy and children. But then, the higher ranking members of an oppressed group do have a tendency to step all over those beneath them. For example, there are reports that the Jewish guards at the Warsaw Ghetto treated the Jewish occupants far more cruelly than German guards might have. Some people claim that the Jewish guards were trying to protect their own status at the expense of their people. Similarly, women who insist on continuing cruel practices like foot binding, female circumcision and kicking around unwed mothers are also trying to protect their own status.
Adoption agencies are always looking for new sources of healthy, intelligent babies the high-quality product that adoption customers have grown to expect. In modern times, adoption businesses that provide newborn babies off the shelf have competition from businesses that sell human beings made to order using consumer-selected human eggs and sperm which may be incubated using rental wombs (women) from third world countries.
To get more American babies and high quality babies adoption businesses are using new tactics and luring women in with scholarships and offers of open adoption.
If a mother really just didnt want her child, it would hardly be necessary to counsel her toward adoption. Instead, one could wait until after her baby was born and she has signed a relinquishment of her parental rights before selecting a prospective adopter. In fact, some countries have laws that protect both mothers and fathers so they are not scammed and children are not artificially orphaned and going through life feeling unwanted.
But in the United States, young pregnant women are advised by professionals that they must make a decision now prior to their baby being born, before they have any concept of what it might be like to be separated from their beloved son or daughter. Adoption professionals or adoption attorneys match the mother-to-be with prospective adopters in advance of birth.
The professional negotiators often hover over a new mother in the hospital who has not yet recovered from giving birth. They operate like high-powered used-car salesmen, working to close the deal and secure her baby for customers. They word things carefully, in ways that will appeal to the intense desire of a mother to do whats best for her child. They tell her that she would be selfish not to choose adoption. They promise her pictures, letters and sometimes continued contact with her child, knowing they do not have to follow through on the open adoption agreements. They do not mention that her letters may be censored by the agency, nor do they mention how they will profit from the sale of her child. When her parents become concerned and ask questions, the professionals may tell them that their daughter will get married and have other babies later a promise they can not back up. They tell everyone that the prospective adopters already lost one baby when their first birthmother backed out of her agreement.
Later perhaps immediately after relinquishment or within a few years the open adoption may be closed without the mothers consent. The mother is forced to face the reality of how she was scammed by the agencies. She may have other children, crying because they can no longer visit or contact their brother or sister.
Many people believe that by promoting infant adoption they are cleaning up the undesirable elements in society. It hardly seems that society would be worse off if these middle-class white babies were raised in their own families.
It is easy to take advantage of the fears that accompany nearly every pregnancy. Many parents later say they fell for the myth that a child needs unrelated people who are married and does not need her true mother, father, grandparents and siblings.
In the 1950s many people did not get it that women were being treated unfairly when they were denied contraception or their salaries were far below a mans salary but today it seems obvious to everyone. Many people did not comprehend at that time that it was so condescending and manipulative for adults to be referred to as girls not women. Today, many people do not get it that women are being treated unfairly when their reproductive choice is being directed by others who provide misinformation or withhold information. Many people today do not realize that single parents are being treated unfairly if as single parents they are treated differently from married parents. Many people do not comprehend that it is so manipulative when single parents-to-be are referred to as birthparents rather than expectant mothers and fathers. Many women today do not understand that their options are being artificially limited by those in power.
In countries such as New Zealand, Australia or Sweden, the Womens Liberation movement did not settle for a limited choice of contraception and abortion, but demanded a real choice, real information and options for those parents who want to keep their infant sons and daughters. In United States, we still need to address what may be the most important reproductive rights of all the right to be advised honestly and the right of a single parent to raise their own child.