Long Proposes Adoption Counseling Measure

Posted on January 24, 2015 08:26 am CST


After a vote on an abortion bill was cancelled in the House, U.S. Rep. Billy Long, (R) Missouri-7th District is proposing legislation aimed at reducing abortions and increasing adoptions. 

Long has introduced the Adoption Promotion Act, H.R. 311, which he said will provide children opportunities with loving, caring families.

“My Adoption Promotion Act protects innocent children – both born and unborn,” Long said. “The bill would open up adoption options for soon-to-be mothers without a plan for their child. This legislation will provide children with the chance to lead a happy, fulfilling childhood and beyond in the care of a loving family.”

The bill aims to ensure that all women accessing family planning services with Title X funding are given pregnancy options counseling, including professional adoption counseling. When a woman feels she is unable to care for her child, for whatever reason, Long said it is vital that she knows she still has an option to provide her child with life and a good, loving future through adoption.

The Adoption Promotion Act would also provide for the collection of data on the effectiveness of pregnancy options counseling and adoption counseling so that we can make sure that women are receiving the most effective counseling possible for their child.

The proposal comes after Republican leaders were forced late Wednesday to abruptly drop plans for House debate of legislation criminalizing most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. They concluded they were short of votes.

Some GOP women and other lawmakers objected that while the measure allowed exemptions for victims of rape or incest, it only excluded those women who had already reported the crimes to authorities.

They argued that the requirement put unfair pressure on women who have already suffered.


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