There are times we fail to comprehend the significance of the words we choose in everyday life, particularly when referring to people.
Take motherhood for example, society at large recognises a mother who has used their eggs to conceive and give birth to a child. It’s often forgotten that millions of people around the world have become parents through adoption.
For the parents who choose to adopt, its very simple: those children are their children, exactly the same as if they shared a biological connection. But some people persist in making a distinction of the term ‘adopted children’.
Sandra Bullock has taken a stand and called for an end to the practise. She has two adopted children of her own. From her point of view they are just as close to her as any natural born child born to her would be.
Although she is not their biological mother, her maternal instincts aren’t any different to what they would be if she was. She is the mother of two adopted children, 8-year-old Louis and 5-year-old Laila.
The Hollywood star has kept them both out of the searing spotlight that comes with public attention since adopting them. She is very protective of her children’s privacy.
Recently the 54 year old actress challenged the notion about adopted children being referred to as such, and publicly asked that society and the mainstream media stop the archaic pretence.
“Let’s all just refer to these kids as “our kids.” Don’t say “my adopted child.” No one calls their kid their “IVF child” or their “oh, shit, I went to a bar and got knocked-up child.” Let just say, “our children,” Bullock said in an interview.
Sandra strongly feels that women have a right to ask people not to make the distinction between children and “adopted children”, because being a mom is so much more than simply biologically bringing a baby into the world.
In 2015 she even filed a lawsuit against a publication who used images of her daughter Laila without her consent.
A mother isn’t just the person who provides the egg and womb required for a baby’s development. A mother gives a child all her love, and forms unbreakable bond.
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