November 15, 2023

Birthmothers Deserve Better

SInce the 1990’s, Feminists for Life has worked to ensure birthmothers are remembered and included in pro-woman legislation and campus solutions.

To kick off this Adoption Awareness Month, we shared resources about the full range of adoption options on our Women Deserve Better helpsite.

As we continue to celebrate, we remember what former FFL Board Chair Jessica O’Connor-Petts shared about her experience as a birthmother:

Here is what I learned from Jessica about what birthmothers need and deserve:

Birthmothers deserve to be fully informed.

Birthmothers deserve counseling before and after they place the baby for adoption.

Birthmothers deserve quality medical care.

Birthmothers deserve flexibility from educators.

Birthmothers deserve support from employers.

Birthmothers deserve practical support.

Read my complete article, “Birthmothers Deserve Better.

(Reprint permission is granted with attribution to me as Feminists for Life President and link to Feminists for Life of America’s website. Please let us know! If printed, please send two copies to FFL, PO BOX 151567, Alexandria, VA, 22315. We will include it in our archives at the Schlesinger Library at Harvard.)

We don’t know how things will turn out. Jessica could never have known that her first born would visit her decades later when he was in college for spring break.

There is life after adoption.

Pass it on.

Because birthmothers, adoptive parents, and their children deserve better,

Serrin M. Foster

P.S. Our year-end match is on! Single gifts will be matched by the FFL Board and Friends and monthly gifts will be double-matched!