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.