Adoption and Universal Healthcare

I spent a month in France recently and had a few discussions with French acquaintances about the health care debate currently raging in the U.S. It got me thinking.

What if a woman who was considering relinquishing a child for adoption could rest assured that her child would have cradle to the grave health coverage?
It seems that in this day and age when shame and sin play a lesser role in the decision making process of many birthmothers, it might be healthcare–or the prospect of raising a child without it–that pushes one toward adoption.
And if we had universal healthcare, covering a birthmom’s maternity expenses could no longer be part of the currency of adoption.
And let’s go a step further into the world of socialist governments. Education would be free–including the university. There’s goes the argument for giving up your child to provide him or her better opportunities.
A playing field that level could change a lot of things. Not everything for everyone, of course. But for many, I’d guess.

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