by Steven Ertelt
May 5, 2005
Salem, OR (LifeNews.com) — The Oregon House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a measure that would require abortion facilities to notify parents before an abortion is performed on a teenager.
The bill, approved on a 32-27 vote, now heads to the state Senate, though it is not expected to be approved there because Democrats control the chamber.
Backers of the legislation say parents should be able to be informed about medical surgeries performed on their children and note that parental involvement is required on other medical issues.
They also say that abortion has serious emotional and physical consequences for teenagers, including increasing risk of depression or incidence of contracting breast cancer.
"Whether or not a girl’s going to have an abortion is not the issue," said Rep. Dennis Richardson, a Republican who backs the bill. "The issue is whether parents … should have the right to know."
Parents must be informed about the abortion 48 hours ahead of time and exceptions would be made in life-threatening situations and cases of child abuse.
Oregon Right to Life called the measure a "common sense" bill, according to an Associated Press report and said it was modeled after similar laws in 24 states. Such statutes have been credited with significantly reducing the number of teen abortions.
Even if the bill makes it out of the Senate, pro-abortion Governor Ted Kulongoski, a Demorat, would likely veto it.
Planned Parenthood and other abortion advocates told members of the to oppose the bils because it would harm women.
But pro-life lawmakers disagreed.
"Would you support a law allowing your teenaged daughters to receive cosmetic surgery without your notification and consent?" asked Rep. Donna Nelson (R-McMinnville). "Most parents would never dream of allowing their minor children to undergo invasive and possibly dangerous elective surgery without notification and consent."
Esther Ripplinger, who volunteers with a group of post-abortion women who regret their abortions testified along with other post-abortive women in favor of the bill, according to the AP story.
"I want all women to have the opportunity to have the facts about abortion, and to be offered pregnancy resources prior to choosing an abortion," Ripplinger said.
Gayle Atteberry, executive director of Oregon Right to Life says that surveys taken of Oregonions on abortion show that there is support for these kinds of proposals.
Still, she realizes the fight to pass the bills is more difficult in the Democrat-controlled state Senate.
"I know the support is there, except among the Senate Democrats," Atteberry told AP.
Related web sites:
Oregon Right to Life – https://www.ortl.org