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Texas may pay expecting mothers to minimize abortions

March 24, 2007

Source: Houston Chronicle

AUSTIN — Houston state Sen. Dan Patrick wants the state to pay $500 to women who give their babies up for adoption instead of aborting them, an idea some say borders on baby selling.

“My goal is to save as many babies as we possibly can,” said Patrick, who also has a bill to trigger an abortion ban in Texas should the U.S. Supreme Court ever reverse its landmark 1973 decision, Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion.

Critics say his bill doesn’t recognize the complex issues involved in a woman’s decision to place her baby for adoption and comes dangerously close to baby selling.

One anti-abortion group — while supporting the goal of encouraging adoption over abortion — expressed caution.

“We just need to make sure there isn’t even the perception of baby buying going on,” said Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life.

An organization that supports a woman’s right to choose said Patrick’s bill is terrible.
“It’s the stuff nightmares are made of,” said Fran Hagerty of the Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas. “This is insulting to women and also insulting to all the great charitable organizations out there that do wonderful work finding adoptive parents and taking care of the birth mother.”

Let us know what you think about this approach to minimize the number of abortions. Personally, I don’t know the details of the bill, but I have doubts as to how it will be determined who is truly considering abortion just for economic reasons.

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