"Glee" and Fox distort the realities of adoption

The popular and award-winning show "Glee" is bad mouthing adoption, according to a petition on Change.org. Asking readers to sign a petition to get the show and its Fox network to correct the myths that it is dealing in, Change.org said:

In the current story line, Quinn, a teen mother who placed her daughter for adoption, is actively (and with malice) trying to "get my daughter back." And, Rachel, an adopted child, deals with the sudden reappearance of her birth mother.  In real, legitimate adoptions, a birth mother cannot simply take a child away from their family or pop back into a child's life, however this is one of most pervasive and harmful myths about adoption.  Furthermore, most adoptions in the US are open to some extent, so these dramatic scenes with birthmothers never take place because a relationship exists from the start.

For adopted children, the show raises the fear that they may be taken away from their adopted families.  And for adoptive parents and birth mothers, the show creates confusion about the nature of adoption - confusion and mistruths that proponents of adoption constantly work to dispel.  And for young women facing unplanned pregnancies, many of whom are in Glee's target demographic, the show may givethe inaccurate impression that adoption is a temporary solution, not a permanent one.

Why is the show doing this? Why trash adoptions, a compassionate system that recognizes the preciousness of life?

I have a theory, and it's not pretty. Adoptions offer birth mothers the choice of having the child instead of having an abortion. The pro-choice crowd wants people to think that anything that discourages abortion is bad (i.e. an "anti-choice" plot). Therefore, scripts that spread harmful myths about adoption are good, in the eyes of the pro-choice crowd.

The irony is obvious: Adoption is true alternative to abortion. It is another choice; spreading incorrect information about adoption is, in fact, anti-choice.

Please sign the petition.



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  • As usual, the post makes no point. There are numerous instances of birth mothers trying to rescind consents to adoption, and, of course there was the Baby Richard case (championed by the Bob Greene of the Tribune and molesting interns) where the biological father was allowed to assert his rights.

    One of the reasons for sealing adoption records was to avoid this, but those laws have been overturned.

    Of course, you also have the usual religious dogma that the children would be adopted, rather than aborted or, more likely, become wards of the state.

    I'm surprised that you are not complaining that the choirmaster is a lesbian from Dolton.

  • In reply to jack:

    The point is: It's sad that adoptions are being trashed by a popular show. The problems you cite with some adoptions are stipulated, but a positive portrayal by Glee would have been nice too.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    So, I am supposed to sign a petition about that?

    For that matter, there is very little on Glee or on The CW on WGN that would appeal to any heterosexual male, but I'm not starting a petition drive over that. Not all television shows can be as realistic as The Simpsons.

  • First - there was not "trashing" of adoption. The show is ACCURATELY depicting the second thoughts mothers who relinquish have. She wants her baby back. This is not uncommon. She cannot have her baby back but she is angry and upset, that is REAL!

    I cannot help wonder why there is no uproar about Parenthood in which a woman asked to BUY another woman's baby!!

    There are far more important issues in adoption to be concerned with than a fictional, musical TV view of it! babies are being stolen and trafficked in China and worldwide to meet a demand for adoption. American citizens who were adopted are fighting to have EQUAL access their OWN original birth certificates!

    Let's save petitions for REALITY! http://tinyurl.com/adoptee-day-petition

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