Steve Jobs just passed away after battling cancer. Even at the young age of 56, he left a huge legacy with his innovative technologies as co-founder of Apple. He has been hailed as a creative genius. He also was an adopted child. As Steve Jobs explained in a 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University, his mother:
…felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: ‘We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?’ They said: ‘Of course.’ My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.
Steve Jobs was born in 1955, long before abortion was legalized and accepted. What a blessing that his birth mother was able to sacrifice and make the life-giving choice to place her child in an adoptive family. Had Mr. Jobs been born after 1973, however, the outcome could have been vastly different. We celebrate his life and pray for his family and friends.