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Guest Post: Texas Lawmaker Proposes Paying Women to Give Birth

March 27th, 2007 by Halli

From Idaho Chooses Life

It has struck some as a somewhat coarse and impolitic proposal: Republican State Senator Dan Patrick has introduced legislation in Texas that would pay women considering abortion a $500 stipend to give birth instead.

In a news conference last week, Sen. Patrick said he believed the money might help persuade a woman to give birth and then put the baby up for adoption. His proposal would offer any woman going to an abortion clinic the $500 option, to be paid no more than 30 days after the baby is born and given up for adoption.

Planned Parenthood immediately decried the proposal as “very cynical and insulting to women.” Heather Paffe, Political Director of Planned Parenthood, went on to assert, “It is insulting to think women would make that kind of decision so easily.”

Well, Ms. Paffe may want to assume a posture of offense – but the truth is that some women are fairly casual about abortion. They have been trained to so think because of decades’ worth of propaganda from Planned Parenthood and NARAL. We are constantly told by these merchants of deception that a baby is not a baby – but a collection of “fetal tissue” or the “byproduct of conception.”

Beyond those issues, some may think Sen. Patrick’s proposal strange. But several western European nations have begun offering just such incentives to encourage the live births of the next generation. France and Russia may be leading the world in creating an economic package to help create enticements for women to give their children life; demographic data suggests that the very survival of these nations may depend upon how effective those economic incentives are.

Sen. Patrick confesses that he doesn’t have any idea how much his proposal would cost. But, he argues, the point is not the cost – but the saving of a human life: “We have approximately 75,000 babies aborted in Texas every year,” Patrick told the media. “Here’s an alarming statistic: In most of our counties, we have more abortions than the biggest district in that county has high school graduates.”

Alarming indeed.

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