The history of adoption dates to the Roman empire, but it wasn’t until the 1850s that the welfare of the child became paramount in the practice, and legislation was enacted to ensure the child’s well-being. Adoption has long been part of the fabric of American society, but since Roe v. Wade, domestic infant adoption has almost disappeared.
In fact, the latest CDC statistics are telling of the impact of legalized abortion. Prior to Roe v. Wade, approximately 9% of babies born to never-married women under 45 were placed for adoption. Following Roe, that number quickly dropped to 2% in the 1980s and then to 1% by 2002.
Today, for every newborn placed for adoption, 36 couples yearn to adopt. With the reversal of Roe, many expect that the inevitable baby boom will give hope to these couples and many unborn children. According to this New York Post article, the number of infant adoptions in America could double.
At the September Monthly Meeting, LifeFirst hosts, Sean and Gabby, will have an enlightening conversation with Nathan Crumby, adopted son of Brian and Anita Crumby. Nathan’s story began in 1996 when his birth mother made the loving choice to allow others to give her child the life she could not. Nathan was adopted locally through New Life Adoptions in Tomball. Nathan joined the Crumby family at just 2 days old and was raised with the awareness that he was adopted. He enjoyed a happy life in a loving Christian home. Unfortunately, he never had the opportunity to meet his birth mother.
When Nathan was just 8 years old, his birth mother, Karen, unexpectedly died in a car accident. He recalls the night his parents woke him and said they needed to talk to him about Karen. Before they could explain, however, Nathan looked at them and asked, “She died, didn’t she?” Surprised, they confirmed the tragic news but had no details to share with him at the time.
But as they tucked Nathan in, he rolled over and said, “If she hadn’t been reaching for her medicine, she’d be okay!” When Anita asked how he knew this he said, “I don’t know. I just…do.” Two days later, they learned that Karen had died in a single-car accident, overcorrecting her car and hitting the middle median. Somehow, his “knowing” brought him comfort.
Nathan will share the unique perspective of the adopted child, including the questions and confusion he faced in adolescence, and the understanding that came through maturity and connection with his birth grandparents. While Brian and Anita Crumby have publicly shared their experience as adoptive parents on several occasions, this is the first time Nathan will speak publicly about life as an adopted son!
We will also be joined by Trisha Riggs with New Life Adoptions. In addition to sharing information about New Life, Trisha will explain how current legislation is impacting adoption. She will be happy to answer any questions!
Just as every birth story is unique, so is every adoption story, and none is perfect. As we move into the post-Roe era and face the challenges it brings, Nathan’s story celebrates adoption as the wonderful life-affirming option it is!
Adoption is in the national spotlight as well with the recent release of the movie, Lifemark. Inspired by a true story, this collaborative effort of Kirk Cameron and the Kendrick Brothers was extended in theaters after an extraordinary opening weekend, when it claimed the #2 spot in the nation! If you have not yet seen this unapologetically pro-life movie, we highly encourage you do! It will be in theaters through Thursday, September 22.
As a reminder, we’ll continue to experiment with the podcast format this month. It was fun to have a live audience in August, and we would once again love your feedback! The meeting starts at 7 pm, but please come early and enjoy dinner from one of the food trucks on site. Enjoy fellowship with other pro-lifers and come meet Nathan and Trisha!