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Wittman's Weekly: Giving thanks during National Adoption Month

As a child of adoption, I want folks to know that adoption is an option when they’re faced with difficult choices. I want everyone to have the information and resources they need to give all babies the hope of love and life. Moving into this week of Thanksgiving and hopefulness, I can’t help but reflect on my own incredible gratitude to my mother and my family who chose to express their love of me through adoption.

Adoption isn’t a partisan issue. We can all agree that the most vulnerable members of our community deserve a place to call home and a place to reach their full potential. You know, one of the most extraordinary and beautiful things about the United States is families come in all shapes and sizes. The only “perfect” family is the family filled with love and understanding.

Adoptive families face unique challenges, and on the other side of those challenges, they’re rewarded with unique blessings and with the satisfaction of having said “yes” when others were saying “no."

The sanctity of human life is immeasurable. Working for you in Washington, I want to do everything that I can to support adoption and to support life. That’s why I’ve fought to defund Planned Parenthood at every turn. I am also proud to say I am a supporter of the Born Alive Survivors Protection Act, to give these babies the best chance at life, and the best chance of adoption, as possible. In the House of Representatives, 204 members - including all House Republicans and three House Democrats - have signed a discharge petition to require a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

What is most important to me is to act as a resource for families considering adoption, and to make sure that people know the value that an adoptive family can bring into a child’s life. That’s what my family did for me, and that’s what I want for others.

Thanks to all the adoptive parents and birth parents who have chosen, as my mom did, to let love grow.