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Legislation Would Force Abortion Clinics to Discuss Adoption

The GOP is pushing a bill that would require federally-funded abortion clinics to talk about adoption when counseling pregnant women. This measure would allocate $7 million in grants for adoption groups. Grant recipients would train health counselors in abortion clinics and other health organizations that counsel pregnant women.

Commerce Committee Chairman Tom Bliley (R-VA), said, “We have a duty to inform young women about the adoption option. If we don’t, fewer women will choose adoption.”

But a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood noted that counselors presently do discuss adoption and that “the anti-abortion forces would have everyone think that we force abortion, that if you walk in for a pap smear they say, Why not have an abortion instead?”

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Nando Times and AP - July 13, 1999

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