The Lamp

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Well Worth the Price

Posted by thelamp on April 2, 2007

Is it selling a baby, or buying a life? Legislators in Texas are debating that question as they consider an idea introduced by state Sen. Dan Patrick, a Houston Republican. Patrick is sponsoring legislation that would pay women $500 for choosing to place an unwanted child up for adoption rather than having an abortion.

Offering an incentive to save a life is a good idea, albeit a bit impractical. Any effort to reduce – if not eliminate – abortion should be explored. Realistically, though, a woman facing a crisis pregnancy may not have the resources, such as access to prenatal care, to safely bring her baby into the world. In such a case, nine months may be a long time to wait for the $500 incentive.

Still, Patrick deserves credit for exploring an option previously not considered. Not every plan needs to save thousands of lives. Saving just one life is meaningful, too. If Texans are willing to pay to save a life, it’s well worth the price.


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