Bad news in Ohio. Ohio Right to Life is ready to launch a new easy adoption legislative project:
The bill isn’t filed yet, but it gained traction Monday when the Columbus Dispatch published: Abortion foes focus on easing Ohio adoptions
Since the bill isn’t up yet, we can’t say what it says exactly, so I’m going by the Dispatch report only. Here, is a rundown from Mike Gonidakis, adoptive father of two and President of Ohio Right to Life:. .
- Decrease the waiting time for adoption finalization from 1 year to 60 days (Note: this seems to be a mistake. Under the ORC, adoption finalization can currently take place no less that 6 months after placement.)
- Decrease the eligibility time a man can file with the Ohio Putative Father’s Registry (PFR) from 30 days to 7.
- Require adoption agencies and adoption lawyers to inform fetal fathers (before the birth of the child) that an adoption plan is being made; thus, giving them more time to file with the PRF (if they can find it)
- Increase the Ohio adoption tax credit from $1500 to $10,000 to be spread out over four years, substantially offsetting the cost of the adoption
- Decrease “birthmother” fraud by requiring adoption agencies and adoption lawyers to make living expense payments provided by paps (prospective adoptive parents) directly to service providers (doctors, landlords, utilities), not to “birthmothers” themselves. Under current law, these funds go directly from pap to “birthmother”. The $3000 payment limit would not change.
The adoption tax credit sends a very bad message: adoption welfare. (What a boon for serial adopters!) What ever happened to “if you can’t afford a child, don’t have one?” bringing up the whole “deserving” issue.
Welfare moms : Off the dole you go!
Adoptive parents: On the dole you go!
I don’t have an original source for this quote, but someone said recently in a tweet, “welfare cuts + adoption tax credits is redistributive wealth.” ” I couldn’t agree more.
There is, in fact, nothing in this measure, as far as we know, that offers “opportunities” for women to keep their children. Or for that matter opportunities for them to turn their newborns in for adoption, unless you factor in the Draconian legislation that ORTL pushed through last session. These new measures include diverting state Planned Parenthood funds to evangelical “crisis pregnancy centers.” requiring abortion providers to force clients to listen to fetal heartbeats, and a ban on state-subsidized rape counselors making discussing abortion and making abortion referrals. Today the New York Times published a piece covering the full range of Ohio’s new anti-abortion regulations that explains the climate ORTL believes it has created for cheap and easy newborn adoption.
I’m writing this quickly to get the word out. I’ll be writing more in depth later. I’m trying to get a pre-flie copy of the bill or at least a synopsis today.
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