Coming out of a restaurant where I had had lunch I met a young couple I have known for a long time. They have been married six years, and I knew they were childless. But in his arms there was one of these “punkin’ seats” and in it a precious baby, sleeping quietly with a cherubic smile on its face.

These young people told me about their search for a baby and how this one had come to them through an adoption agency when he was only twelve days old. He is now in a home where the warmth of love surrounds him, and he has brought to that home great joy.

As we talked they told of another couple, also known to me, living in one of our large Northern cities. They too have been searching for a child to adopt but have been frustrated again and again.

As I walked away there swept over me the feeling that here is the answer to the problem of unwanted babies, the alternative to the burgeoning abortion mills of our land! Tens of thousands of couples would gladly welcome these babies into their hearts and homes.

Not in years have I been as shaken as now, as I realize the widespread indifference to the implications of abortion on demand and the commercialization of this destruction of life.

Although I have retired from the practice of medicine, I am still on the active rolls of some medical societies, and as a result I receive solicitations from organizations that have sprung up like mushrooms in New York State, where abortion on demand is legal. So far I have received letters from six apparently unrelated groups that say they are prepared to handle the whole matter safely and conveniently for those who are referred to them.

That we have embarked on this new approach to the termination of pregnancies bodes ill for America as well as for those ...

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