Yesterday the Law and Justice Committee for the Washington State Senate approved a parental-notification bill (Senate Bill 5156), based on Americans United for Life model legislation.
71% of Americans support laws requiring parental consent or notice prior to an abortion procedure being performed on a minor.
AUL’s Parental Notification Act (which you can read here) protects the health and welfare of minors, as well as foster family unity and protect the constitutional rights of parents to rear their children.
State Senator Mike Padden who serves as chair of the committee commented that the bill ”would not prohibit an underage girl from having an abortion but would simply give her parent or guardian the chance to talk with her ahead of time, or get ready to care for her afterward. Isn’t that an opportunity any parent or guardian would prefer to have, given the choice?”
“Think about what it takes for parents to arrange for their children to receive medication at school, then ask whether it seems reasonable to notify a parent when his or her underage daughter is considering something as medically serious as an abortion.”
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Padden added that the vote completed the work he and 17 other Republican and Democrat senators began in 2013 to make sure at least one parent or guardian receives 48 hours’ notice from the person intending to provide the abortion.
This is excellent news out of Washington, considering that from 2010 – 2014, the state has ranked at 50th out of all the States for protecting mothers and preborn children from abortion industry abuses. (Click here for all State rankings)