Texas considering making three-hour adoption course mandatory before getting an abortion.

A law proposed by Eddie Lucio, a Texas Democrat (and the only one to vote for the recent set of ludicrous abortion laws in Texas), would make a three-hour long course on adoption mandatory before a woman would be eligible for an abortion.

Lucio does not even attempt to hide his motivation:

Lucio claimed that his introduction of the bill is simply a means to suggest adoption as an alternative to abortion. “It is my hope that, when presented with more information on adoption resources and services available, more pregnancies can be carried to term,” he said. “I am fully aware that this bill, filed on the last day of the second special legislative session, will not immediately pass. However, I intend to continue advocating adoption as an alternative.”

Yes, because a pregnant woman might not know that adoption is an alternative.  It may never have crossed her mind.  The hundreds of dollars an abortion costs didn’t deter her, but the prospect of having to sit in a room dicking around on her cell phone for three hours?  What woman wouldn’t go through the agony of labor in order to avoid that?*

Or she might just know that around the world there are an estimated 153 million orphans; that in the U.S. 400,540 children are living without permanent families in the foster care system, with  115,000 of those children being eligible for adoption; that each year over 27,000 youth “age out” of foster care; and that as of 2011, nearly 60,000 children in foster care in the U.S. are placed in institutions or group homes, not in traditional foster homes, and she might not want to suffer the hours of excruciating pain in child birth for the privilege of contributing to those problems.

I wonder if they’ll teach that in their course on adoption.**

And one can only speculate when Eddie Lucio will propose legislation to improve the adoption he’s so eager to burden with more babies*** – babies that have a decent chance to grow into poorly adjusted teens and adults languishing in the foster care system.

A zygote is simply not a person.  A person can experience the world around them, it can suffer its own loss and have a conscious relationship with its environment.  A zygote cannot do these things.  Prior to about the 26 week mark when the the cerebral cortex begins to develop and the fetus becomes neurologically active it cannot even feel pain (for the record, I support abortion bans, with a few sensible exceptions, beyond the 26 week mark for that reason).  But before that time an abortion creates no greater suffering than the killing of cells when you scratch your nose.  In this light an unwanted zygote is definitely not worth the pain of giving birth, let alone all the other things that come with delivering an unwanted pregnancy to term.

*  All of them.

**  No I don’t.  They won’t.

***  Not anytime soon.

To read the majority of my opinions on abortion, see my debate with Timothy Dalrymple here and here.

Sure, adoption is grand.  But there are far more kids than willing parents and carrying a child to term is costly and painful.  Why should anyone be expected to do that for a child they don’t want?  Why should one woman have to suffer so someone else can have a kid when there are already more than enough to adopt?  What’s more, the capability of a society to keep population growth in check without abortion has proven to be non-existent.  A few countries exist where abortion is illegal and the product of much greater shame that what Christians have managed here in the states, and all of them have overcrowding problems along with all the economic, criminal, and political troubles that come with it.  This is especially clear when compared to countries where abortion is legal.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • unbound55

    “…that around the world there are an estimated 153 million orphans; that in the U.S. 400,540 children are living without permanent families in the foster care system, with 115,000 of those children being eligible for adoption; that each year over 27,000 youth “age out” of foster care; and that as of 2011, nearly 60,000 children in foster care in the U.S. are placed in institutions or group homes, not in traditional foster homes…”

    This is the crux of my issue with the anti-choicers. We have a problem today that they are not willing to resolve, but are actively pushing to make that problem worse just to make themselves feel better. Until they get every child taken care of (which, for me, would include all children being adopted as well as providing proper nutrition to all the poor children that lack proper food), they clearly demonstrate that they don’t truly give a rat’s ass about children.

    Once they do eliminate the problem with existing children today (the ones that absolutely no one debates are children; i.e. not fetuses), then (and only then) will I even consider listening to their idiotic rants.

    • Zugswang

      Not likely to happen. The same people that bitch about the horror of abortions also bitch about having to pay taxes to take care of someone else’s “mistake”, never mind the fact they probably live in a state where giving birth is all but mandatory.

      The fact of the matter is, most of these people will rally against anything they don’t like as long as it doesn’t require any kind of sacrifice greater than an afternoon that starts by driving to Walmart for poster board, markers, and dowel rods.

      • unbound55

        I agree completely that it’s not likely to happen, but it’s my condition that needs to be met for them to demonstrate that they actually care about children. Once they can get by that rather basic demonstration of empathy and humanity, then (and only then) can we start discussing more complicated matters like abortion.

  • randomfactor

    Wonder if we can get a mandatory three-hour class on the Constitution before a Texas legislator can cast a vote. And I mean Every. Single. Time.

    • EvolutionKills

      I could not agree with you any more.

  • Zugswang

    I can hear the pitch now: “Consider giving the unwanted child up for adoption to a Texas adoption agency. And don’t worry: this state refuses to provide the necessary funds to properly care for the children you send away, all but guaranteeing they will not only be neglected and improperly cared for as a ward of the state, but that they will almost certainly grow up never knowing what it is to be loved and carry this mental anguish with them for as long as they live. And if you thought that was great, just wait until you hear what awaits if the child happens to have some kind of developmental disorder!…”

    After listening to something like that, I wouldn’t be surprised if all the women in the class spontaneously miscarried.

  • EvolutionKills

    You know if they pass this, then they need to find a 3-hour-long video on adoption. Want to take bets on whether it’s information will be any more factual or accurate than your typical creationist ‘educational’ video?

  • wombat

    Women that go for an abortion have generally thought about all the options available to them, and chosen the one they think is right for them

    Naaah, can’t be. Their little ladybrainz can’t be trusted to make decisions about their own bodies. They need old white men to make rules about what they can do. It’s for their own good.

  • Baby_Raptor

    I don’t understand why people hold up adoption as a solution to the abortion “problem.”

    It solves a few cases, sure. But the US is a country where women can still lose their job for becoming pregnant. A lot of women don’t have healthcare, or have subpar healthcare. Some women cannot physically handle carrying a pregnancy to term. Others can’t handle it financially, or mentally. And then there’s the spouse and other kids to think about (in situations where applicable.) Oh, and the fact that sometimes, women just don’t want to go through 10 months of being a slave to their bodies…Even in a perfect pregnancy, *a lot* of things happen.

    All of these facts throw up a nice brick wall to “Adoption is the answer!” And that’s before you even consider all the kids already mired in the foster care system.