California School Districts Keep Parental Notice-Abortion Provisions

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 13, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

California School Districts Keep Parental Notice-Abortion Provisions

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 13, 2005

Sacramento, CA ( — Despite an adverse opinion issued by the state’s top attorney, two California school districts have approved measures keeping policies allowing parents to be notified when their teenagers leave school for "confidential medical services," such as an abortion.

Some members of the El Dorado County School Board jumped the gun when they prepared an advance press release saying they had been successful in overturning the school board’s parental notice policy. Then the board voted and the notification policy remained intact.

"It was extremely presumptuous for the El Dorado County School Board to issue a press release before they had heard from their constituents on this issue," said Karen England of Capitol Resource Institute.

"Because of public pressure, the board decided to keep their current policy requiring parental consent any time children leave campus," England explained. This is a tremendous victory for families, the protection of our children, and parental rights."

A recent survey in El Dorado County shows that an overwhelming 88% of county residents want to be notified when their minor children leave campus during school hours.

Last week the Roseville Joint Union High School Board also decided to keep their parent-friendly policy after hearing from the public.

The school board considered changing it after California Attorney General Bill Lockyer issued a much-criticzed opinion claiming state law allows schools to prevent parents from knowing when their children leave for such services.

After the board removed the policy change from the agenda, parents in the Roseville District packed the meeting to object the changing of the policy that would have kept them out of the loop.

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