Doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense, does it?
But wait until you hear what the payments are for:
Yes, a bill introduced in the Texas Senate by State Sen. Dan Patrick puts a price on infants:
Sec. 50.001. ADOPTION INCENTIVE PROGRAM. (a) The
department shall develop a program to encourage pregnant women to
place their children for adoption rather than have an abortion.
(b) The program must include a $500 payment to each woman
who is a resident of this state and a citizen of the United States*
who places a child for adoption rather than have an abortion.
Note the catch: the child must be placed for adoption instead of being aborted. How to make sure that the filthy little slut really was going to abort before that $500 payment caught her eye?
Sec. 50.002. APPLICATION FORM. (a) The department shall
develop an application form to be used by a woman who applies for
funds under this chapter.
(b) The department may only distribute the application
forms to abortion providers.
And how to make sure the baby butchers give the applications to women instead of just taking their money and their fetuses and rubbing their hands together with glee that they’ve dashed the hopes of yet another set of adoptive parents who are facing the cold reality of a vanished healthy white infant supply?
Sec. 50.005. NOTIFICATION REQUIRED; APPLICATION FORM. (a)
Notification of the program under this chapter is required as part
of the informed consent requirements under Chapter 171.
(b) An abortion provider shall distribute a copy of the
funds application form to each woman who comes to the provider
seeking an abortion.
But, Sen. Patrick, isn’t selling babies kind of illegal?
(b) Section 25.08, Penal Code, does not apply to the grant
or acceptance of money under this section.
As others have pointed out, $500 is remarkably cheap for a fully-cooked baby, and doesn’t even come close to covering the cost of extra groceries consumed during pregnancy, let alone prenatal health care. Moreover, if we’re using the legal fiction of being compensated for time and effort rather than the actual baby,** then the actual compensation works out to 7 cents an hour. You read right: seven cents. I believe that we can agree that those are slave wages.
According to Texas lawyer Norbizness over at Prof. B’s, this guy is a joke, and the bill has no hope of passing, even in Texas. But the anti-choicers are nothing if not both creative and persistent in their efforts to water down abortion rights (and provide a steady supply of white babies for adoption, like in the old days).
h/t Lorraine Berry.
* Can’t have any Mexicans dragging themselves across the border for the big bucks! Interestingly, as Egalia notes, the citizenship of the father (or, indeed of the baby itself) isn’t mentioned. She posits that it’s because Dan Patrick Hates American Men and doesn’t their American Babies are worth $500. I suspect it’s because Patrick can’t conceive of a situation in which a woman with a man in her life would abort, let alone give a child up for adoption. Though in most cases, both parents, if the father is known, have to sign away their parental rights.
** Very much a fiction in the case of egg donation, in which your fee ultimately depends on how many eggs you produce. The investment of time, effort, Big Honkin’ Needles and physical discomfort is exactly the same, but whether you get $6000 or $10000 depends on your output. Of course, you won’t get in the door as an anonymous donor unless you’re healthy, well-educated, good-looking and, in most cases, white.
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