More peer pressure, BlogHer? Alright. More peer pressure!
Have you read my biography post from three years ago? That might be a good place to start. To sum it up, though, and you can guess this from my title here if you're new, I am an Orthodox Christian single mother. I was always a single mom, and I am a convert to Orthodoxy. So there's a lot of pressure there.
When I found out I was pregnant, there were three camps of "peer pressure:" Abortion, Adoption, and Motherhood. Surprisingly, the Motherhood camp was the smallest and quietest. I find this surprising because I was not a particularly young woman (25 years) nor at the time was I uneducated and broke. I was in college and working two jobs. But those things quickly disappeared and the abortion and adoption advocates became even louder.
Abortion was NEVER a consideration. Ever. But I DID consider adoption, if briefly. SO many people were pressuring me to "give my baby a chance" and "give him a better life." One person, when I said that I planned to raise my child, even told me that I had "no right to do that to an innocent child." Certainly, there was a lot of pressure. The adoption agencies I spoke to OBVIOUSLY wouldn't hear of any other choices.
But I chose to raise my son. It wasn't an easy choice, but I don't regret if for a moment.