This has been bothering me for some time. I know that there are state laws which regulate and require options counseling for parents considering ADOPTion.There are also state laws and regualtions that mandate when and how soon parents can voluntarily terminate their parental rights. In fact, biological fathers are required to sign as well- as long as they are known.
But when it comes to ABORTion? And I am NOT speaking about those "Pregnancy Centers" run and organized by the pro-life/anti-abortion sect.
I mean to say, in those clinics / hospitals / faciltiies where ABORTions are performed, are there counslors on hand, free of charge, who provide options counseling providing alternatives to abortion?
1- In this options counseling, are the women (and men too) counseled as to their rights, their options and what the emotional toll(s) abortion may and can have on them after the fact?
2- Are alternatives to abortion provided and reviewed including parenting the child,
placing the child in foster care,
placing the child with a trusted family member or friend,
day care and public assitance options,
while indicating that abortion is only one option?
and one of last resort when all other options have been fully explored, considered and rejected?
and they have to wait a certain period of time to consider their options before they can have an abortion?
and there must be a certain number of options sessions prior to giving consent to abortion? (or sign a release waiving their right to counseling?)
and the biological father is encouarged and required (if he is known) to particpate and also give consent to the abortion process?
That all attempts to locate the biological father are completed, including obtaining an attorney to conduct a legal search so that the father can give consent?
Lastly, are women and men counseled not just about the medical "procedure" but the emotional cost(s) of aborton?
I ask this all because when it comes to adoption, all of this must occur PRIOR to taking a voluntary termination of parental rights?