Saturday, March 24, 2007
Still in the news:Reuters
Texas legislator proposes $500 to stop abortions
A Texas legislator has proposed that pregnant women considering abortion be offered $500 not to end their pregnancies.
Republican State Sen. Dan Patrick, who also is a conservative radio talk show host, said on Friday the money might convince the women to go ahead and have babies, then give them up for adoption.
Patrick, you may recall, called for
a boycott of Bill Maher's television show Politically Incorrect over controversial statements made by the comedian following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
"We have been the cowards lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it's not cowardly. Stupid maybe, but not cowardly."
His proposal calls for giving any woman going to an abortion clinic the $500 option, to be paid no more than 30 days after the baby is born and given up for adoption.
So his proposal really offers $500 to women in exchange for giving their baby up for adoption, while withholding the money from women who consider abortion, decide to have their baby, and then decide to keep it.
I'm sure that every person who was adopted as a child wonders why their birth mother gave them up. Under Patrick's proposal, they would spend a life wondering if they were given up for adoption for $500.00.
The federal government already gives money to women who decide to keep their babies. It also already gives money to people who elect to adopt children.
I think we should stop giving money to encourage overpopulation.
Do you think there will really be a lot of takers?
Assuming there are any pregnant women anywhere that can be bought off, $500 doesn't seem like anywhere near enough to make someone decide to have a baby and then place it up for adoption.
$500 isn't even one month's rent for a one bedroom dwelling in Dallas nor in Houston nor in Austin, nor in San Antonio, etc.