White evangelical couple, Aaron Halbert and his wife Rachel, are pro-life, pro-God, and very pro-black, as they have penned an op-ed in the Washington Post detailing their decision to adopt an African-American boy, a biracial girl, and most recently, giving birth to three African-American baby girls.
In what is truly a fascinating read, the couple describe how their background as evangelical missionaries have enabled them to “see [racial differences], and we embrace it.”
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Halbert grew up with his family of missionaries in Honduras, which he said made him “very aware of racial diversity because I was the blue-eyed, cotton-topped white kid who stuck out like a sore thumb.” His wife Rachel grew up in Mississippi and it “took a few trips to Haiti [before] the veil of racial prejudice was lifted from her eyes.” When they met, they bonded over their religion and the fact that they both wanted to adopt, Cosmo notes.
“While we were fertile, we were both deeply convicted that one of the ways to be pro-life is to involve ourselves in adoption… Knowing that it is often more challenging to find adoptive homes in the United States for non-Caucasian children we informed the agency that we were willing to accept any child except a fully Caucasian child. We did this with the deeply held conviction that if the Lord wanted us to have a fully Caucasian child my wife would conceive naturally,” Halbert writes.
In about 1,500 words, Halbert describes why having black babies is “enriching” and “beautiful.”
“There is something beautiful and enriching being the only white face sitting and chatting with some of my African-American friends as my son gets his hair cut on a Saturday morning. There is also something wonderful in the relationship that is built as my wife asks a black friend on Facebook how to care for our little biracial daughter’s hair.”
“I felt sheer delight during this pregnancy watching my son and daughter, with his dark brown skin and her with the ringlet hair and slightly tan skin, kiss my white wife’s growing belly.”
Of course, their biracial family is met with a lot of inquisitive stares and side-eyes. Halbert recalls the older white woman who “stared at us with sheer disgust” in a Walmart. He also writes in the Post, the African-American mother who looked at him with his biracial children “and just shook her head.”
The couple say they take great joy in the more positive interactions their family receives from strangers. It is such reactions that inspired them to look into “embryo adoption,” or “rescuing these tiny lives created from in-vitro fertilization.”
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The Halbert’s pro-life perspective calls for them to “rescue” embryos frozen by prospective parents but never used. The couple selected African-American embryos specifically so their adopted children would feel that “black” connection. Rachel recently gave birth to their three black daughters, from only two embryos, after one split in her womb.
“What seems to us to be the logical outcome of being pro-life is still something that to others often needs much explaining,” Halbert says of their decision to raise black babies. He further explained why such a decision was motivated by God’s word.
“Another prevalent theme of the Bible is that God adopts believers into his own family. When we adopt, we are echoing his own compassionate work, giving the world a glimpse of the truth and beauty of the gospel,” he writes.
“This past Sunday, my gorgeous wife – a white evangelical, like me — gave birth to our beautiful African-American triplet daughters whom we adopted as embryos. These sweet girls will hopefully soon be coming home to meet their 3-year-old African-American brother and 2-year-old biracial sister, both of whom we adopted as infants. The normalcy of this paragraph is something I have come to take for granted. Yet what seems to us to be the logical outcome of being pro-life is still something that to others often needs much explaining.”
You can read the Halbert’s full story here.
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