The Texas Senate will consider a new abortion measure that would require any woman seeking an abortion to first complete a mandatory adoption certification course.
The law is being pushed by anti-abortion Democrat Sen. Eddie Lucio, who hopes that being “presented with more information on adoption resources and services" will make women decide against abortion.
“It is my hope that, when presented with more information on adoption resources and services available, more pregnancies can be carried to term,” Lucio said in a July statement.
Adoptive parents and those who work in adoption services believe Lucio’s adoption proposal is misguided.
“Living after an adoption, life can be harder for a woman than living after an abortion,” Gretchen Sisson, a sociologist at the University of California at San Francisco, who conducted extensive research on birth parents, told RH Reality Check.
“You’re not going to force someone to change their mind by putting them in a room for three hours,” said Tricia Neerman, a pro-life adoptive mother. “We’re already making them go through a sonogram and now a three-hour course? To me that almost seems tortuous a little bit.”