This U.S. bill will prove controversial, no doubt. In the understatement of the century, abortion-related bills typically are.
I have to ask whether national registries work for anything. (Recall the gun registry debacle here in Canada.) Then there’s the fact that I recently learned that offers of adoption do not, apparently, help abortion-minded women change their mind.
So any praise for this bill would be quite limited without knowing more. But one good thing it does is this: It raises consciousness that we are practicing eugenics when we kill babies because they have Downs, or cystic fibrosis. And nobody likes eugenics–which our abortion-on-demand-culture allows us to so readily and easily practice.
When we privately seek the “perfect” family, it has implications for our country. Maybe a national registry of adoptive families might go some distance to showing people that. And maybe there might be a call to help families with children with special needs. Wishful thinking? Possibly, even probably. But when bills like this are raised, people remember that the issue of selective abortions goes on around them every day. And they might just be prompted to do something about it.