Texas senator proposes bill to require adoption class before abortion
POSTED: Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 6:52pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 9, 2013 - 3:36pm
Tyler TX (KETK) — A new abortion bill is becoming a hot topic in the Texas senate.
If passed, it would require a woman to take a three hour adoption class before legally having an abortion.
On Tuesday, Texas senator Eddie Lucio filed a bill to encourage women thinking about getting an abortion, to think twice.
Senate bill 42 would make the State's Health and Human Services Commission create a three hour free adoption course.
Senator Lucio says it will give a pregnant woman the option to place her child up for adoption.
The woman would have to complete the course online or in person and give a certificate of completion to her doctor performing the abortion.
"We're not trying to hurt anyone, we're trying to educate the expected mother to give an unborn child the opportunity to live, an adoption option."
Some East Texans agree more education about adoption needs to be provided.
"Kids have as much right as the parent's and that adoption agency is the ones going to be active for that child," said Tyler resident Tonya Taylor.
While others believe the proposed adoption course infringes on a women's right to choose.
"I think a woman should have the right to deny it or go with it," said Tyler resident Elizabeth Nichols.
"it's her life, it's her baby, it's her body," said Tyler resident Jack Nelson.
Senator Lucio says he filed the bill to close to the conclusion of the second special session for it to be addressed.
But, he is hopeful it will be brought up in the third special session called governor Rick Perry earlier this week.