California Newspaper Proves Necessity of Parental Notification on Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 24, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Karen England Editor
October 24
, 2006 Note: Karen England is the director of the Capitol Resource Institute.

In an article published today by the Sacramento Bee, the hypocrisy of Proposition 85’s opponents is revealed in a telling anecdote. While profiling both opponents and proponents of parental notification before a minor’s abortion, the paper interviewed a young volunteer for the “No on Proposition 85” campaign.

According to the Sac Bee, 15-year-old high school student Briana Castro “talked with her mother” before signing up to precinct walk for the campaign in a Los Angeles neighborhood. “My mom told me I should go out and do this,” Briana stated.

This Sac Bee article reveals just how ludicrous it is to argue that other young girls can have a major medical procedure without ever talking to their parents when they do need advice on whether to volunteer for a political campaign.

Opponents to Proposition 85’s parental notification requirements often argue that children should be allowed to obtain a surgical or chemical abortion without parents ever being informed. Briana Castro’s story affirms that minors need the counsel of their parents, especially for life-altering decisions like an abortion.

Briana’s story actually makes the case for why Proposition 85 is necessary.

Fifteen year-old girls need the advice of their parents not just when they are working on a campaign or going on a school field trip, but especially when they may undergo a major medical procedure. Adults will be involved in a young girl’s decision to abort. That adult could be an older boyfriend, a school guidance counselor, etc. Parents simply deserve the courtesy of being one of those adults.

Opponents of Proposition 85 argue that removing parents from minors’ decisions to get an abortion will save lives. Interestingly, opponents of Prop 85 are the ones who typically want to ‘save people from themselves.’ It is these same groups who mandate bike helmets for minors and ban children from going to tanning salons.

If ever there is an instance where a child needs parental involvement, it is when she contemplates a serious medical procedure such as an abortion. Parents must be told; they must be involved. While a young girl may be embarrassed and afraid, she must tell her parents so they can counsel her and help keep her safe. Tell the parents – she may not like it now but in the end, perhaps when she is a parent herself, she’ll see the sense of it.

Another young girl quoted in the Sac Be article, Camille Pecha, summarized her support for Proposition 85 in a common sense approach.

"From the perspective of a 15-year-old girl, if I was going through that situation, it would probably be one of the most stressful situations ever," she says. "… Kids are going to be afraid to talk to their parents if they fail a test or crash the car. But they (parents) really need to know."

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