Following Friday’s Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, Americans on both sides of the abortion debate attended weekend rallies and protests. In the sea of homemade signs, a few stood out—and these signs are now being ridiculed online.
On Twitter, two photos are going viral of white couples holding signs stating “We Will Adopt Your Baby.” One was first posted on June 25 by a Twitter user who described it as “my favorite sign yesterday.” The date of the other image isn’t specified.
‘We Will Adopt Your Baby’: Abortion Supporters Call Signs Disingenuous
The couples and their signs are now targets of abortion advocates who criticize the sentiment as well as the system. One person tweets: “The amount of vaguely creepy-looking white couples holding up signs that say ‘Don’t abort. We will adopt your baby’ while more than 400,000 children are languishing in foster care in the United States tells you all you need to know about Evangelical Americans.”
Another person writes: “’We Will Adopt Your Baby’ but hundreds of thousands of kids could use families in the US right now, why haven’t you done it already?” An estimated 424,000 children are in foster care in America on any given day.
A self-identified foster mom calls the adoption pleas “disingenuous,” tweeting: “If you cared you would be doing something NOW, but you just want the glory of ‘saving kids’ with none of the responsibility.”
Several tweets incorporate Justice Samuel Alito’s reference to the “domestic supply of infants,” a phrase the CDC uses regarding adoption availability. One person tweets: “Women in crisis are not your way to skip the line with the shortage of the ‘domestic supply of infants.’ Acting like the child deserves a good life if you give them away but deserves poverty if you keep them is disgusting. That is the message heard loud and clear.”
She adds: “The moral of the story is don’t badger pregnant women to give you their baby. … There isn’t a human alive that doesn’t know that adoption is an option.”
Other people point out the health risks of pregnancy and childbirth, the expense of adoption, and the trauma some adoptees face. One claims that “evangelicals beat their children severely at much higher rates than the general population,” often because of “deep racism against transracial adoptees.”
Memes Mock ‘We Will Adopt Your Baby’ Signs
Backlash against the adoption message quickly led to sarcastic memes. Many feature notorious pairs, including Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, the St. Louis couple who pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters, and fictional duos from movies such as “Raising Arizona” and “Harry Potter.” Some people altered the signs to read “We Will Eat Your Baby” and “You Will Birth Us Children.”