Texas Bill Would Require Women To Take Adoption Class Before Abortion

I've had it. Dozens of restrictions to abortion access have already passed this year across the country, with Texas in the national spotlight. And just when we thought it couldn't get any worse, politicians in the Lone Star State have stepped up to the plate, yet again, to restrict women's health in what may be one of the most demeaning ways yet.

Earlier this week, Texas State Sen. Eddie Lucio introduced a bill that would require a woman to take a three-hour class on adoption before she could get an abortion. Keep in mind that a woman in Texas already has to undergo counseling before getting an abortion, and the state's materials include information about adoption.

This can't be serious.

Does Sen. Lucio think we're stupid? Does the Texas legislature think that women don't know about adoption? Do our elected officials really believe that women can't make complex decisions? It seems that way, doesn't it.

Maybe we should require our elected officials to take a class on women. Maybe these politicians need to have someone explain to them that women have brains just like men, and like men, we can make our own decisions about our lives, and our families.

We all need to be able to make informed decisions about the medical care we seek, but this bill implies that women don't know how to find this information and make these important decisions on their own. We should make sure all options are available to every woman, and ensure that each woman receives unbiased counseling and accurate education. But the information should not be intended to shame or pressure the woman into changing her mind or making a decision that is not right for her. This bill is political interference, not informed consent.

It's time for legislators to listen to medical experts, to their constituents, to common sense. It's time to leave these personal, private decisions to us. Legislators should get out of our doctors' offices. Tell your legislators that you are not stupid.

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"Does the Texas legislature think that women don't know about adoption?"
Considering the number of anti-abortion protesters who challenge "bubble zone" laws on the lie that the women they're harassing and intimidating are "unaware of other options, such as adoption" (an actual quote), I'd say yes, yes they do think that women don't know about adoption.

They also think that pregnancy is a perfectly benign process that carries no risks whatsoever, that every woman will be perfectly happy to carry to term if they don't have to raise the child, and that adoption isn't a broken system that pouring MORE unwanted children into it only makes worse.


Can we assume that if this bill was introduced before the 31st, it is dead? It would have to be introduced again in the (sigh) third special session, right?


"Does the Texas legislature think that women don't know about adopt ion?"

Actually they don't care what women do or don't know, since it's a given for them that the little dears can't and shouldn't be trusted to make decisions more significant than "paper or plastic?" anyway.

They just haven't quite figured out how to get a law to that effect past the courts yet without saying things that will mean they'll have to make that evil choice to become gay if they ever want to get any again.

Perry Neheum

Without question, to abort or not to abort is unequivocally a woman's right. Religion and religious freaks don't belong in this discussion.


"Cutting Commentary"

Abortion foes never want
to admit the fact they won’t confront:
Those unviable tissues that they treasure
Are not babies by any measure.

Yet righteous guys, who never bear
a mote of life, will fiercely swear,
It's against God’s will to terminate
cells gals alone can germinate.

As long as dogma directs the issue
of what to make of useless tissue,
Womens’ rights will be repressed
by those who think they know what’s best.

-- By Kenneth S. "Ken" Spalding

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