“When a mother is forced to choose between the child and the culture,
there is something abhorrently cruel and unconsidered about that culture.
A culture that requires harm to one’s soul in order to follow the culture’s
proscriptions is a very sick culture indeed.”
~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Young, unmarried mothers are often at the mercy of their parents and society. Jobless – they have no income. The general view in the past was that economic pressures were only secondary factors to the moral sin of becoming pregnant out of wedlock.
If financial resources were more generous for single mothers, fewer babies would be given up to adoption. There will always be some children who’s mothers simply are not prepared – physically, mentally and emotionally – to be good parents but I believe they are the rare exception.