Do you think the connection between the anti-abortion movement and the pro-adoption movement has grown?
I think it has grown because the pro-life movement has grown. You see that, for instance, in terms of crisis pregnancy centers, which now are expanding to minister to women in all sorts of ways, ranging from child care to job training.
You are living this out—how many children have you and your wife adopted?
We have five children. We adopted our first two from an orphanage in Russia; they were a year old at the time, and they're now 11 years old.
What's the greatest benefit of being an adoptive parent?
The adopting of our two sons demonstrated to us something of the love of God for us and gave us a relationship that we never would have found on our own. We love our sons and they've brought so much to our family that we never could have planned out ahead of time.
And the greatest challenge?
The greatest challenge is confronting the idea that there's somehow a difference between adopted children and biological children in terms of affection, in terms of the structure of the family, which is not true. There's no such thing as adopted children. There are only children who were adopted. In a biblical understanding, "adopted" is a past-tense verb, not an adjective. So once someone has been adopted into the family, that person is part of the family with everything that that means.