I've talked to nurses and doctors who've helped deliver babies in an adoption plan. They talk of times when they were all but certain a biological mother wanted to keep her baby. They tell of shady people who loiter around as if they are making sure a mom doesn't change her mind. But these mothers signed a document authorizing the hospital to turn the child over to a set of adoptive parents. Authorized is a bit of a misnomer. The document only uses the word "authorized" or something similar. It never says the hospital or nurse is required to turn the child over to the adoptive parents despite knowing a biological mother is being coerced. But that is what the law says. "A hospital or birthing center shall comply with the terms a release executed..." (Ark. Code Ann. 9-9-101(c)(c)). They know something is fishy. They know this particular adoption doesn't pass the smell test. But they have no choice. They take the child away from the mother and give him or her to adoptive parents who is so happy to have started or grown a family that they can't pick up on what's going on.
House Bill 1488 would give doctors, nurses, social workers, hospitals, and birthing centers a conscience in the matter. If after due diligence they cannot obtain reasonable assurances from the biological family that placing the minor child up for adoption is what they want to do and that their decision is free from coercion, intimidation, fraud, or physical force, they can refuse to approve the release. Arkansans, support your health care professionals and return to them the ability to exercise their conscience in a forced adoption plan. Tell your representatives and senators to support HB 1488!
I follow Christ. I have a beautiful wife Megan and three wonderful children, Harrisen, Rebekah, and Carter. I am a candidate for a Ph.D. in ethics from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, have an M.Div. from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and a JD from the University of Arkansas, am licensed to practice law in several state and federal courts, and live in Rogers, Arkansas. I write a blog and produce a podcast. And I do it all that others may know Christ.