In another one of my classes, we talked about adoption and it occurred to me that it’s quite relevant to our class. In this instance I am speaking of giving a child up for adoption right after birth. In many states, the mother is not allowed to consent to adoption for up to 72 hours. Meaning that even if a mother wants to give her child up for adoption right after birth, she cannot legally do so until three days after the baby is born. I think this is very interesting because the mother would either have to care for the child for three days and then give it up or have the child be taken care of by the state until the timer is up.
I saw this kind of like the abortion debate. Clearly different, but still a woman is being coerced by the government to take care of and keep a child she does not want. Even if a woman is sure she does not want to, or cannot afford to keep the child, caring for the child for three days could be very confusing. I’ve included a link that lists each state and when the birth mother can consent to adoption. Do you all think this is a way for the state to convince a mother to keep a child or if having a time frame is ok?