California Holds Tanning Salons to Higher Standards Than Abortion Centers

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 1, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Dr. Pia de Solenni
November 8, 2005 Note: Dr. Pia de Solenni is the director of life and women’s issues at the Family Research Council. This article originally appeared in Human Events.

Today, Californians will have the opportunity to vote in favor of Prop. 73, no-brainer legislation that would require parental notification for minor girls who choose an abortion.

Despite the fact that parents generally have the best interests of their children in mind and they are legally liable for any costs or complications resulting from their minor daughter’s abortion, the state of California does not require them to be notified. Yet, the state requires not only parental notification but parental consent for a minor age 14 to 18 to use a tanning bed. A minor under the age of 14 cannot use a tanning bed under any circumstance, but she can have an abortion without telling her parents.

Diana Lopez received a call on July 30, 2004 from her 13-year old daughter’s school that she had been taken to the hospital because she was bleeding. As it turns out, her daughter’s boyfriend’s mother took the child to an abortion clinic in downtown San Diego. By the time Diana reached the clinic, the clinic staff would not allow her to see or be with her own daughter. In fact, the clinic threatened to call the police.

Bill and Georganne, each parents of 15-year old daughters who’d had abortions, found out well after the procedures. But they got to pick up the pieces. Each called into the Roger Hedgecock radio talk show in San Diego to tell their experiences. Georganne’s daughter became an alcoholic shortly after she had an abortion without telling her parents. Five years later, alcoholism claimed her life.

Bill found out about his daughter’s abortion when he came home and found that she’d overdosed in an attempt to commit suicide. Fortunately, he was able to get her to the hospital in time to save her. The father of her baby was her 33-year old karate instructor who had threatened her if she told anyone about her pregnancy and subsequent abortion.

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