I find it far-fetched that women are having abortions because no one is willing to help them give the baby up for adoption--there are lots of people and agencies that will not only help them, but pay a substantial portion of their expenses until they deliver. They're having abortions because pregnancy is physically uncomfortable, and there's still a social stigma on women who carry a baby to term in order to give it away.What all the pieces gloss over is whether there really is a link between abortion and the low "supply" of adoptable infants. It's much more complicated than facile assumptions will admit. And even more difficult to figure -- if abortion does have an effect, how much of an effect does it have?
While there were initial declines of adoption placement when abortion first became legal, the continuing decline is linked to other things. With only one to three percent of unwed mothers placing children for adoption -- meaning that 97-99% parent their children -- it's really the declining stigma of single motherhood that's causing the low "supply" of adoptable infants today. Also influencing declining rates of adoption placement is increased contraceptive use and declining pregnancy rates. Part of the complicated picture in linking abortion rates and adoption rates is that adoption rates have remained constant, while abortion rates have declined in the U.S. (All these stats can be found here).