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!
Did you know it's perfectly legal to go up to a pregnant woman and offer her cash for her unborn child? At least it is for now. But Arkansas House Bill 1488 will put an end to that. If a person offers that woman anything of value in exchange for her child, it will be a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail. If a person does that and uses coercive, intimidating, fraudulent, or forceful tactics to get the woman to consent, it will be a class D felony punishable by up to 6 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. If a person offers a pregnant woman anything of value so that the person can place that child up for adoption to another person (and make money in the process), it will be a class C felony punishable by 3-10 years in the Department of Corrections.
If that person uses coercive, intimidating, fraudulent, or forceful tactics to get the woman to consent to the person placing her child up for adoption, it will be a class A felony punishable by 10-40 years in the Department of Corrections.
These things are going on in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and across the country. Arkansas is going to do something to stop it. Arkansanas - call your representatives and senators and ask them to support HB 1488 because human life is priceless!
Did you know that forcing a woman to have a baby and give it up for adoption isn't human trafficking? Not yet anyway. A lot of people have tried a number of ways to make the practice of coercing a woman into having and adopting away her child fit neatly within existing human trafficking statutes. It just doesn't. The human trafficking statutes were designed to stop modern day slavery and the sex trade. You really have to stretch the current legal definition of human trafficking to make forcing an adoption illegal.
That's about to change. HB 1488 in Arkansas extends the definition of human trafficking to recruiting, enticing, soliciting, isolating, harboring, transporting, providing, maintaining, or obtaining a pregnant woman for the purpose of causing her to to place the unborn baby up for adoption the use of or threatened force, or benefiting financially from any of those things.
Arkansas - tell your representatives and senators to support HB 1488!
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