Steve Jobs, Adopted, Did Just Fine, Don't You Think?
Over at NRO, Mona Charen--who combines fearlessness, elegance, and beautiful, lucid prose--has posted a reflection on the life of Steve Jobs. While everyone else has been thinking about the way Steve used technology to improve our lives, Mona has been thinking about what Steve taught us about life itself.
Amid the expressions of grief at the passing of one of America’s greatest innovators — Steve Jobs — one offhand comment by someone on CNN was jarring. Describing his brilliance, his inventiveness, his business genius, and his inspired leadership, one host added, “And his parents didn’t want him! They gave him up for adoption, if you can believe that!”
It is one of the enduring misconceptions of modern life that birth parents who make adoption plans for their children “don’t want them” and that this “rejection” scars the adoptee for life. The social-science data refute this....
[I]n contrast to the view so carelessly voiced by that news anchor, placing a child for adoption is one of the most loving and unselfish acts imaginable. Consider 23-year-old Joanne Schieble, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin who became pregnant in 1954. She and the baby’s father, a Syrian immigrant named Abdulfattah “John” Jandali, were not married. (They married and divorced later.) Abortion was illegal in most states at the time, though plenty of exceptions were made, and many women got abortions. But Schieble chose to proceed with the pregnancy and give her son life. Our world would be so much diminished if she had not.