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The March For Life 2014 stressed adoption as the honorable option for women with unwanted pregnancies. It's an excellent idea, and by far less violent than other approaches to the same women. But will the movement put its cash where its money is?

Not a big fan of the Right to Life movement, for both their sometimes violent tactics and for their absolutist approach to the law, I still liked very much the news that the movement has been contemplating a different approach than the classical “abortion is murder.”

According to Business Insider, the pro-life movement is now promoting adoption as an abortion alternative, “embracing it as a friendlier way to reach women.”


The Supreme Court will be deciding two important cases this term. One involves protest zones around abortion clinics, another the Affordable Care Act’s mandate on contraceptives.

The annual “March for Life” in Washington, DC, on the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade last Wednesday, drew thousands of abortion opponents, who braved wind chills in the single digits Wednesday on Capitol Hill to protest legalized abortion.

According to the AP, the march drew Catholic high school and college students from across the country, who participated in a series of events and prayer vigils which conclude with a rally and on the snow-covered National Mall, in the shadow of the ever-present Washington Monument.

The theme of this year’s march was “Adoption: A Noble Decision,” as an alternative to abortion, organizers told the AP.

The crowd booed when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R, Virginia, told them about an expansion of abortion coverage under Obamacare.

For his part, President Barack Obama also issued a statement Wednesday, saying the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision is a chance to “recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health.”

According to WFMJ in Ohio, in Youngstown, a right to life rally “emphasized the importance of adoption, over their traditional anti-abortion message.”

“We really want Planned Parenthood to be defunded. Our tax dollars are paying for these abortions and they shouldn’t be. They should be helping people get adoptions and stuff like that and get pregnancy help etc.,” said Marti Runyan, Right to Life of Mahoning County.

I’m all in favor of adoptions and stuff like that, but I doubt very much that most right-to-lifers would be willing to put their tax money where their mouth is. It comes down to how much are we prepared to pay, as a nation, to save the life of one fetus.

Telling women that going through nine months of vomiting, frequent urination, incessant gas and an insatiable craving for pickles and brie—not to speak of staying off booze—just so some infertile couple out there will have a baby is the “honorable decision,” is far from enough compensation.

In a world in which a lost year in a young person’s life can mean the difference between being competitive in the job market and being left behind, it will take more than cheerful words and maybe a couple quotes from the Bible to convince women to do the right thing.

You want them to bring their baby to term? Pay for it. I would be delighted to see our country diverting funds from killing people in faraway parts of the world with very few results to show for it—to living wages for healthy, young women wishing to grow their fetus for adoption.

I try to imagine what I would charge for carrying another human being inside me for 9 months, and I have to say, you won’t get me to do it for less than $50 K. And that’s a bargain, if you ask me, compared to what any middle class couple out there would happily pay for a healthy, white baby.

So, friends at the Right to Life movement, get cracking! Start a door to door fundraising campaign, launch donation websites, not to make the lives of aborting women miserable, but to provide pregnant women with financial incentives.

Watch it bring down unemployment, too.

H/T to Menachem Gottlieb.


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Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth,,, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


  1. Have no idea what my husband's parents "paid" for the care, medical and otherwise, for his brith mom, but am sure it was for that day and time (he was born in 1951) it was a pretty penny. Birth mom was about 15-16 yrs. old and he always sd. IF abortion had been legal, he never would have seen the light of day…Have long sd. that as an ardent "right-to-lifer," for the unborn, disabled and elderly that we should reach their conscience first. I work in a university and see young women carry their children to term, sometimes smack in the middle of a semester, so-know it is largely about will (and conscience). Making young women "baby farms" at 50K a pop is NOT the whole answer, but financial support should also be encouraged and is, indeed, the focus of many ministries in the U.S. Look it up.

  2. Selling babies isn't legal, is it? Unfortunately, if you pay somebody to do something (especially with other people's money) they might do it. A lot of people would take $50K to carry a baby to term (pregnancy isn't normally as bad as characterized here). I suppose paying somebody to carry a baby to term is better than paying them to have an abortion, but the real question is who is going to pay? If somebody wants to pay with their own money, I see no objection. If they want to pay with my money, then I don't want to pay. The state doesn't have to be involved.

  3. Shemot 20:13 Thou shalt not murder

    Vayikra 18: 21 And thou shalt not give any of thy seed to set them apart to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy G-d: I am HaShem.

    D’varim 30:19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before thee life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore choose life, that thou mayest live, thou and thy seed; 20 to love HaShem thy G-d, to hearken to His voice, and to cleave unto Him; for that is thy life, and the length of thy days; that thou mayest dwell in the land which HaShem swore unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

    Psalms 127:1 1 A Song of Ascents; of Solomon. Except HaShem build the house, they labour in vain that build it; except HaShem keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. 2 It is vain for you that ye rise early, and sit up late, ye that eat the bread of toil; so He giveth unto His beloved in sleep. 3 Lo, children are a heritage of HaShem; the fruit of the womb is a reward. 4 As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the children of one's youth. 5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them; they shall not be put to shame, when they speak with their enemies in the gate.

    Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that change darkness into light, and light into darkness; that change bitter into sweet, and sweet into bitter!

    May Hashem bless all those who support and encourage choosing life. May Hashem bless all those who oppose the taking of innocent life.

  4. So Yori thinks that pregnant women can't stand a little discomfort in order to carry to term? What a wuss! Maybe he should look at the photos of aborted babies to see his own lack of humanity. He obviously does not like children. The attack on prolifers is disgusting and over the top. Perhaps Yori would like to perform abortions?

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