Parental Involvement Study Shows Obama Not Serious About Reducing Abortions

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 18, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Parental Involvement Study Shows Obama Not Serious About Reducing Abortions

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 18
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — The results of a landmark new study showing that parental involvement laws successfully work to reduce teen abortions are leading one pro-life women’s advocate to the conclusion that presidential candidate Barack Obama isn’t serious about his claims to reduce abortions.

Obama mentioned finding common ground on abortion and reducing abortions in his Democratic nomination acceptance speech.

But Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser tells his opposition to either parental notification or consent makes it so Obama is not supporting laws that actually lower abortions.

“The results of this study reveal what millions of Americans already know in their hearts – parental consent measures make sense. And they work,” she said.

“Barack Obama claims he wants to ‘reduce abortions,’ yet he refuses to embrace the most practical, loving legislative remedy – requiring teen girls to have their parents’ consent before making the tragic decision to have an abortion," Dannenfelser added.

“The contrast between Presidential tickets couldn’t be greater," Dannenfelser said.

Just last year, Governor Sarah Palin passionately defended Alaska’s parental consent law, arguing that teen girls deserve the benefit of their parents’ ‘wisdom and protection.’ Barack Obama and Joe Biden , on the other hand, consistently vote to undermine state parental consent laws," she told

As governor, GOP Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin voiced her support for Alaska’s abortion parental consent law after the Alaska Supreme Court struck the measure down in 2007.

Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden have both opposed the Child Custody Protection Act, proposed federal legislation that would make it a felony to evade state parental notification laws by transporting minors to states with more lenient measures to secretly obtain abortions.

The Family Research Council recently released the first comprehensive study of the impact of state parental consent laws on the incidence of abortion in the United States.

The study by Dr. Michael New found that parental consent laws reduce the incidence of abortion among minors by an average of 13.6% and as much as 31 percent in some cases.

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