Florida Adoption Law

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NPR's Phillip Davis reports that six women are challenging a Florida law that requires women who put up babies for adoption and don't know the father's identity to publish their sexual histories in local newspapers where the babies might have been conceived. Sponsors of the law say it will make adoptions easier, because it gives the father an opportunity to exercise his rights before the adoption, instead of mounting a legal challenge afterwards. Opponents say the law stigmatizes women by exposing them to humiliation, and that it also discourages the adoption process.



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