A New Hampshire court sided with a school guidance counselor on Thursday, ruling that she should not have lost her job after helping a young student get a secret abortion without her parent’s knowledge, according to the Associated Press.
New Hampshire law requires abortion practitioners to provide written notice to a parent of a minor seeking an abortion 48 hours prior to doing the abortion. The law, as required by the U.S. Supreme Court, contains a judicial bypass provision that allows the girl to ask permission from a judge rather than tell her parents.
In this case, the guidance counselor told the 15-year-old student how to have an abortion without her parent’s knowledge through a judicial bypass, according to the report. When the principal found out about the teen’s pregnancy and planned to tell her mother, the guidance counselor took out a restraining order against the principal, the report states.
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The report continues:
The court ruled Thursday that the school district was wrong to respond by not renewing the counselor’s contract.
In a dissent, Justice Robert Lynn accused his colleagues of ignoring legal principles because the case involved a hot-button issue. He says they jumped on the “bandwagon of political correctness.”
Judicial bypass exceptions are meant for extraordinarily rare circumstances such as abuse, but Dave Andrusko of the National Right to Life Committee reported in 2011 the New Hampshire affiliate of Planned Parenthood created a legal project designed to make it easy for teenagers to get secret abortions without their parents’ knowledge.
“Jennifer Frizzell, senior policy adviser for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, has created the ‘Judicial Bypass Advocacy Project’ to assist under-age girls to negate as much as possible New Hampshire’s new parental notification law,” he wrote. “The girl obtains a bypass by convincing a judge she is mature enough to make the abortion decision on her own.”
Despite the abortion industry’s efforts to skirt these laws, studies show they are effective in reducing abortion rates. They also help protect vulnerable young girls from making an irreversible decision that they may later regret. Without such a law in place, parents sometimes have to pick up the pieces after their daughter has an abortion and potentially be required to pay for medical bills related to problems afterwards without knowing about the abortion in the first place.
Parental notification and parental consent laws have wide public support. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 38 states require some type of parental involvement in a minor’s decision to have an abortion.