Both political parties have weighed in on the controversy of reports claiming that Planned Parenthood is selling aborted baby parts for profit. When the story broke, people were outraged after watching the undercover videos and many Republicans called for Planned Parenthood to be defunded.
Hillary Clinton admitted that the videos were “disturbing,” but went on to express her support for Planned Parenthood.
The Planned Parenthood controversy sparked a debate between pro-choice and pro-life groups and individuals, and the issue of abortion has been a key discussion in this campaign season. Out of the Planned Parenthood scandal arose a new movement on social media: #ShoutYourAbortion.
According to CNN, the movement was started on Facebook by a woman named Amelia Bonow who felt an “inexpressible level of gratitude” about her decision to have an abortion.
Seattle writer Lindy West took a screenshot of the Facebook post and added the #ShoutYourAbortion hashtag.
But the one thing that the right and left ideologies ignore, that the pro-life vs. pro-choice groups ignore, an issue that presidential candidates ignores, is the complete racket that is the multi-billion dollar adoption industry in the U.S.
Adoption should be an issue that unites us all, but the high costs and long waits make adoption close to impossible for Americans.
Why does an adoption cost $1,500 in the Phillipines while it may cost a couple up to $40,000 in the U.S.?
Mike Papadopoulos, who is an orphan advocate in the Phillipines, says that the adoption process is simple where he lives.
Papadopoulos said that in the Phillipines, there are simple methods to connect loving families with orphans. The orphan can live with the family while the paperwork is being processed and adoption costs are only $1,500 compared to anywhere from a few thousand to $40,000 in legal fees in the U.S.
Politicians should focus on lowering the costs, and streamlining the process in an efficient and timely manner to better connect orphans with loving families.
Hopefully this important issue will be raised during the presidential debates. I believe that both sides of the abortion issue can all agree that we need to find new ways to make adoption easier for all Americans.