PETITION TO REQUIRE ABORTION PROVIDERS TO MANDATE ACCURATE INFORMATION ON ADOPTION OPPORTUNITIES

 

Our Petition

By signing this petition, we urge the lawmakers of our state to require all abortion providers to provide adoption-facilitated counseling to women 24 hours before their abortion procedure. This type of counseling will include the following:

  1. Adoption will be discussed honestly and accurately by a qualified counselor
  2. Adoption will be discussed in a positive and welcoming manner by a qualified counselor
  3. A printed list of adoption agencies and government assistance phone numbers must be given and discussed with every woman considering an abortion
  4. Assistance by a qualified counselor in locating the appropriate adoption agency or Department of Human Services if the woman is interested
  5. This counseling will take place in person
  6. Every woman will sign a written notice stating that adoption resources and referrals were discussed with her during the consultation. This written notice will also explain that adoption is a free service to her.
  7. Every abortion center worker and counselor will complete free and unbiased pregnancy counseling training through the National Counsel for Adoption (considerthepossibilities.org), so they will have the confidence to comfortably share the option of adoption on an equal basis with all other options, and so they can properly assist clients who are facing an unintended pregnancy in making a fully informed decision

Even if abortion centers are required to provide option counseling, are they providing detailed information on adoption choices for women seeking abortions at their center? Are abortion providers positively and openly advocating other options aside from abortion?

 

Talk About Adoption

By signing this petition, we urge the lawmakers of our state to require all abortion providers to provide adoption-facilitated counseling to women 24 hours before their abortion procedure. This type of counseling will include the following:
Adoption will be discussed honestly and accurately by a qualified counselor
Adoption will be discussed in a positive and welcoming manner by a qualified counselor
A printed list of adoption agencies and government assistance phone numbers must be given and discussed with every woman considering an abortion
Assistance by a qualified counselor in locating the appropriate adoption agency or Department of Human Services if the woman is interested
This counseling will take place in person
Every woman will sign a written notice stating that adoption resources and referrals were discussed with her during the consultation. This written notice will also explain that adoption is a free service to her.
Every abortion center worker and counselor will complete free and unbiased pregnancy counseling training through the National Counsel for Adoption (considerthepossibilities.org), so that they will have the confidence to comfortably share the option of adoption on an equal basis with all other options, and so that they can properly assist clients who are facing an unintended pregnancy in making a fully informed decision
Even if abortion centers are required to provide option counseling, are they providing detailed information on adoption choices for women seeking abortions at their center? Are abortion providers positively and openly advocating other options aside from abortion?

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Sources:
1. Kay Scott “ABORTION: 24-HOUR-WAIT SUPPORTERS TRY TO DECEIVE” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta, GA), Jan 21, 2005, p.A15.
2. Reardon, David C. Aborted Women, Silent No More. Elliot Institute, 2002.
3. Marchick, Rose. Options for Pregnant Teens. 17 March 2011. 10 February 2015 <http://www.livestrong.com/article/125702-options-pregnant-teens/>.