Friday, August 26, 2005

What makes a civilization throw away children?

I just read this from Dr. Mohler's blog:

Here is evidence of cultural disaster: Russians, whose lives are shorter and poorer than they were under communism, have more abortions than births to avoid the costs of raising children, reported Tuesday quoting the country's highest-ranking obstetrician. About 1.6 million women had an abortion last year, a fifth of them under the age of 18, and about 1.5 million gave birth, said Vladimir Kulakov, vice president of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. "Many more" abortions weren't reported. [See Moscow News]

In 1991, the International Herald Tribune reported: "An entrenched 'abortion culture' in Russia and Eastern Europe has outlived the collapse of communism by more than a decade." More from the article: The most startling statistics come from Russia, where abortion is used more than anywhere else in Europe -- measured both in absolute terms and per capita. According to the World Health Organization, Russian women in 1990 registered 1,971 abortions for every 1,000 live births -- or roughly two abortions for every childbirth. A decade later, the ratio stubbornly remains at 1,696 abortions per 1,000 births.

And it reminded me of this from Dr. Moore:

Russia'’s orphans & the Father of the fatherless
By Russell D. Moore Aug 22, 2005

Somewhere in the Kremlin right now, officials are weighing whether to cut off the adoption of Russian children to Americans and other foreigners. As I type this, two former Ru
ssian orphans, my sons Benjamin and Timothy, are running around my chair singing songs.

The Russian orphanage where my wife and I found our sons, then Maxim and Sergei, was the most horrifying place I have ever been. Its sights and smells and sounds come back to me every day. But, even more so, before my mind's eye every day are the faces of the children we couldn't adopt. Until now, my hope has been that Christians from America, Canada, Germany, France or somewhere may have adopted them, to raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. If the anti-adoption Russians get their way, I fear that these children will be sentenced to institutions, never to find families. read the full article here

What is going on?
What makes a civilization throw away children?

Will The Next Generation Treasure Christ?


Bohemian Like You said...

Glad to see someone else paying attention to this story. It's tragic.

Noticeably absent from this Reuters piece is the word “adoption” despite 7% of Russian couples who are unable to have children.

Also, it makes clear that convenience is the sole rationale for the abortions - not incest, rape, or health concerns as the American media will have you believe.

I have a piece on this on my site too. Keep up the good work.

Bhedr said...

Oh this makes me want to weep! How much does it cost to adopt a child? I have been following Steve Curtis Chapmans burden for little girls in China as this is close to my heart having lived in Hong Kong. It costs about $20,000 to adopt from there. I wish I was rich. I fear I barely make it week to week. He can provide it somewhere though. Oh for just one of these little children that they throw away. My wife wants a little girl but we cannot afford it.

Bhedr said...

I must link your post

Tony K. said...

My wife and I are invloved in foster care, but have not looked into overseas adoption. Dr. Moore of Southern Seminary might be able to point you in the right direction.

Anonymous said...

One question, why do they have to be christian people that adopt them, and why did you change your children's names?

Tony K. said...

I am speaking of the Christian's calling to care for others. Not that only Christian's should adopt - all people who have the means should consider adoption.

I think the question on names is from the blockquote. We have only fostered and no names have been chnaged.

Thanks for the comment.

Anonymous said...

Best regards from NY!