Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Texas - We'll pay you $500 to have your baby...

A little late on this, but I've been trying to figure out how this whole proposal made sense. Obviously someone thought it was a good idea.

The proposed bill would pay women $500 for giving up their baby for adoption instead of having an abortion. The bill states that only abortion clinics would have the forms to apply for this money, and they would be required to inform women of the available money.

Aside from the issues raised at Feministing and Pandagon and Bitch PhD, you have to wonder how many women that were already considering adoption would go to an abortion clinic so they can get the $500. I'd say that's probably going to be rare, but it's still an issue. And anyway, who came up with $500? That definitely wouldn't cover pre-natal care. A far better proposal would be to offer free pre-natal care to any woman who chooses to carry to term if she cannot afford such care herself.