The year was 1954. Dr. Jandali, professor at the University of Wisconsin, and student Joanne Schieble found themselves in a tough predicament. The two had been having extra “tutoring” sessions outside of class when Joanne and her professor realized the unthinkable: they were pregnant!
Joanne’s parents strongly objected to the relationship. So from the beginning things were not off to a good start. And now a baby!?
They decided their best option was to give it up for adoption. So in the days following February 24, 1955, relatively uneducated Paul and Clara became the proud parents of a precious little boy.
Now Paul was a hard working mechanic and carpenter and Clara was an accomplished accountant, a far cry from the academic circles of Steve’s biological parents. But together, they taught their young son all they knew. Paul taught Steve rudimentary electronics in the family garage where he would take apart and reassemble radios and televisions and the like. And Clara taught Steve how to read before he even attended school. Both were skills that would prove valuable.
Today, as then, many expectant parents find themselves in a similar predicament: a wild fling, young puppy love, recreational sex, and the “unwanted” consequences of their reckless choices.
Personal pleasure sought over the interests of others.
People haven’t changed all that much, but the times have.
Today those same couples have another option to consider. In 1973 the Supreme Court made abortion a legal alternative. In the wisdom of their own eyes, they paved the way for “doctors” like Kermit Gosnell. Doctors who for a small fee will dispose of a woman’s inconvenient abdominal growth. Doctors who will deliver her helpless newborn directly from the birthing bed to his deathbed with the aid of a small scissors. Doctors who will advise untrained medical assistants to overly sedate a patient, leading not only to her baby’s premature death, but also her own.
It is grotesque. Unmentionable. Abhorrent.
In light of the unspeakable horrors of this legalized murder, I’m thankful Dr. Jandali and Joanne chose to give their child an opportunity at life through adoption.
I am thankful for adoptive parents like Paul and Clara Jobs who brought to the world a man named Steve Jobs.
He challenged the world to think differently. His creative genius has affected everything from how cars are made to how you work out. He created jobs, and inspired us with his imagination.
Adopted not aborted.
I wonder what might happen if the Christian community were to band together to help mothers considering abortion. What if we were to offer adoption over abortion, to give her child a fighting chance at making the world a better place?
These are the thoughts percolating in my mind as I write this post. What does your church or community do for these moms? What would you like to see your church do?
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27