Monday, September 29, 2008

Parental consent laws = not a good idea  

I'm getting nervous. Polls are showing that 49% of Californians support passing Proposition 4, which would require women under the age of 18 to obtain parental consent before getting an abortion. Only 41% oppose it. This is so unbelievably bad. Do you know how many girls would be discouraged to get a legal and safe abortion because they're too terrified to tell their parents? The people who support this appalling proposition don't understand that parents are not always forgiving - many girls run the risk of getting kicked out of their homes after telling their parents they're pregnant. What about girls who are abused by their parents?

Actually, no, the ignorant supporters of Proposition 8 covered that. If a girl tells her doctor she cannot get parental consent because they abuse her, the doctor is legally obligated to tell the police. And thus we have more incentive for a girl to be too terrified to go through the humiliation of getting parental consent... and out come the wire hangers.

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1 comments: to “ Parental consent laws = not a good idea

  • October 2, 2008 at 3:16 PM  

    So when pregnant teens ask their parents for permission to get an abortion, and their parents say no, they all sit down for a heart to heart about why having a baby is a terrific idea and everything will be okay... right? No? Ohhh... right, many of them get abused! Let's just pretend that doesn't happen.