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Should women have to learn about adoption before they can obtain an abortion?
July 31, 2014 - Andrea Johnson
Should women who are considering an abortion be required to first take a free seminar on adoption-related services in their state? A Texas lawmaker will introduce a bill during that state's legislative session that will require just that.
Mother Jones Magazine reports that Texas state senator Ed Lucio, a Democrat, had also tried to get a version of that bill passed in 2013. That version of the bill would have required women to take the hour-long seminar either in person or online and then show proof of having completed the course to their doctors. Women seeking abortion due to rape or incest or for medical reasons wouldn't have been required to take the seminar. The article in Mother Jones notes disapprovingly that Texas has also put other roadblocks up in front of women seeking abortions, such as a 24 hour waiting period and regulations designed to put many abortion clinics out of business. North Dakota legislators passed similar laws with a similar purpose during the 2013 session, some of which are being deservedly challenged in court. This past April, for instance, a judge struck down the state's law banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
I don't see anything particularly wrong with providing these women with information about adoption as an alternative and any services that might be available to them. However, a new law might not reduce the number of abortions, since most women who have reached the door of an abortion clinic have probably already made up their minds. Giving a child up for adoption is also emotionally painful for birth mothers and can have lifelong implications for both mother and child, even when there is an open adoption. Some women might find abortion an easier alternative.
What do you think of the proposed bill requiring Texas women take a seminar on adoption before they can get an abortion?
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