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Children — Who Wants Them?

Tue, October 30, 2018   |   Author: Peter Vogel   |   Volume 25    Issue 44   

Would an educated African woman want to have 7-9 children? Not according to Emmanuel Macron, President of France, who said: “Present me the woman who decided, being perfectly educated, to have seven, eight or nine children.” Well, thankfully, some mothers sent him postcards stating their education, and photos of their many children, their happy families!

All children, rich or poor, African or other, healthy or ill, are unique and valuable because they are made in the image of God.

Abortion advocates often accuse those who are pro-life of only caring for babies before they are born, but not afterwards. This accusation is grossly untrue, but even if statistics were to show that there are not enough pro-life people adopting the many children who are in need of a family, it would be a misleading stat.

Why? Because it is not easy to adopt. It is even harder (and more expensive) to adopt internationally. Two current cases illustrate this, but there are probably hundreds more. In Nigeria, a Canadian woman has been stuck for more than a month waiting to receive immigration papers for the child she and her husband legally adopted.

Another Canadian family also went to Nigeria, and also had complications. They might even have to take the child they adopted back to an orphanage for several months while they wait for the necessary paperwork!

At this point, one would wonder if it would have been better for the families to get their adopted children to come into Canada illegally, like so many other “irregular migrants” have been doing. It seems that those who follow the rules have a terrible time, but those who walk in and bypass immigration services have fewer problems — what a mixed-up system!

But, getting back to adoption from Africa. There are many orphans and therefore, there is much need. There is also significant poverty. What is the solution? The Christian response is compassion. Help in meeting practical needs, sometimes through orphanages, but also through adoption into families where possible.

What is the non-Christian response? One (among many) would be the kind that Bill Gates (and Emanuel Macron) advocates: Fewer Africans = less poverty. While they are not calling for the elimination of Africans, they are pointing to lower birthrates as a significant part of the solution. No doubt, they are sincerely trying to help but they are sincerely misguided.

What they fail to see or acknowledge is that the falling birthrates in most of the rest of the world are a huge problem, and that getting Africa to follow this trend will create, not solve, problems.

While Africa is highlighted in this Communique, it is not the only place where there is need. It is not the only place where there are orphans. It is not the only place were loving families are trying to adopt internationally. But it is in the international spotlight, and miseducated politicians are taking their misguided notions and philosophies and telling Africans what they should do.

This is “ideological colonialism” as outlined by Obianuju Ekeocha in her book, Target Africa: Ideological Neo-colonialism of the Twenty-first Century. Politicians tend to be quick to condemn the colonialism and other errors of past governments, but are quite blind to their own similar attitudes and policies.

So who are the people who will really help Africans? Politicians like Emmanuel Macron, and billionaires like Bill and Melinda Gates — or families like the Morans and the Nymanns who are trying to adopt orphans from Africa?

Why is the Canadian government allowing un-vetted, illegal immigration across our borders, but slow to approve legitimate overseas adoptions?

These are questions of priorities. If you believe that upholding life and family should be the priority of government, please join CHP!



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