By Michael and Kelle Berry
As the adoptive parents of a daughter born in China, our hearts break for Judge Amy Coney Barrett and her family. The left’s attacks on her for adopting two children from Haiti are repulsive and wrong.
Before President Trump had even formally announced his intent to nominate Judge Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States, the knives were out.
The left’s political hit mob did not argue with Judge Barrett’s judicial record—perhaps because her record is unassailable. Rather, the left accuses Judge Barrett of racism and “white colonialism” for adopting two “trans-racial” children from Haiti.
Such attacks might score political points, but they reveal a stunning callousness towards one of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Some 17.8 million children worldwide have no living parents. Another 153 million children have only one parent alive. And those numbers do not include the millions of children living on the streets, abandoned by their parents, and fending for themselves while invisible to the world. By meeting such a staggering need, perhaps the Barrett family should be commended, not vilified.
Our own adoption story shares some similarities with Judge Barrett’s. Like the Barretts, we already had several beautiful, biological children of our own, and we lived what we thought was a pretty comfortable life.