Bill Enforces Parental Notification for Abortions

Once again, the MSM distorts the truth regarding the new legislation passed today by the House. The headlines read that it “restricts” or “limits” abortion rights. Believe it or not, the New York Times headline is the most accurate: “House Passes Bill Tightening Parental Rule for Abortions.”

This legislation does not break any new ground in the abortion battle. It essentially reinforces those that already exist. It adds an extra layer of legal enforcement for those attempting to circumvent these laws. Yet, it’s being billed as a “victory for abortion opponents” and another coup against abortion by the Bush administration.

That’s how the MSM is trying to sell this bill. Hopefully, the general public sees through their ploy and doesn’t buy it.

The bill, intended to prevent minor girls from going to different states to circumvent more restrictive laws in their home states, applies to adults who accompany girls 17 and under. It also, for the first time, requires doctors who perform abortions on under-age girls to comply with state notification laws, and in some cases to notify the girl’s parents in person. Violators could face a $100,000 fine and a year in jail.

The bill also imposes a 24-hour waiting period for young women who travel to another state for an abortion, in some cases even if they are accompanied by their parents.
— By Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times

Now, I’m not an attorney – but it’s my understanding that it is already a federal crime for an adult to transport any minor across state lines without the consent of the legal guardian. That is, after all, the law that allows the FBI to become involved in many kidnappings. It would actually be much more punitive to charge these adults with the crime of kidnapping. One might say the Federal government is doing these offenders a favor.

It seems the pro-abortion people — and they hate to be called that — believe a “girl’s (we’re not talking about a woman here) right to choose” supersedes any parental rights. Of course, there are rare circumstances where parental notification could actually be dangerous for the minor. This law allows for those circumstances, although no MSM outlet will report the details. It allows for an abortion in the case that the girl’s life is threatened by the pregnancy. It also allows for the abortion if she is the victim of sexual abuse, neglect, or physical abuse by a parent. In this case, the authorities will investigate the crime.

The bill also punishes doctors whom knowingly break the law and perform abortions on these girls. It is about time the doctors must comply and respect parental rights, as well as the law. Abortion is the only medical area where providers can run roughshod over parental rights. A nurse can’t even give an aspirin to a minor without permission from the parents – and, yet, we allow doctors to perform an invasive medical procedure without their consent or knowledge.

More than 30 states have enacted parental notification laws for abortions. I say it’s high time we reflect the will of the people and stop the pro-abortion contingency from circumventing the system. The time has also come to hold the doctors responsible for complying with the law. Abortion is big business for those that perform the “service.” Don’t for a minute believe they chose their profession out of an altruistic need to support a “woman’s right to chose.”

You can read the actual bill here.



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11 Responses to “Bill Enforces Parental Notification for Abortions”

  1. Adam says:

    I think that’s a fine thing to do. I don’t have a real strong stance on abortion, but I do feel that parents should know. I think that abortion as a means of family planning is important. I believe that abortion should be legal, safe, but rare and if the mother is a minor it should involve the parent(s) as much as possible. I’m not at the point where I say it should be illegal in all instances.

  2. Surfside says:

    Abortion is not family planning. Abortion is the result of not planning — at least most of the time. Too much emphasis has been placed on getting rid of the mistakes two people made, instead of preventing those same two people from making the mistake to begin with. Abstinence or safe sex should be the where we focus our energies. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) could actually pose a greater risk to both parties than an unwanted child.

    There are an estimated 1.4 million abortions performed annually in the US alone. That means, if you take the 25% chance of pregnancy rate, it roughly estimates to 5.6 million couples exposing themselves to STDs each year. Unfortunately, we have a good number of “repeat offenders with a whopping 47% already having had one or more abortions. The words “epidemic” comes to mind. You can view stats here.

  3. Surfside says:

    Of course, I also believe in the sanctity of human life and that no baby should be “disposable.” But, that’s an argument for another time . . . .

  4. Adam says:

    You know. I don’t know anybody who has had an abortion. I don’t know a person who has had to make that choice. I don’t have a family of my own. I don’t have sex with my girlfriend. I’m not a woman. The list goes on and on. I keep thinking one of these days I’ll wake up and have a strong stance on abortion, one direction or another. Right now though it is just a subject that doesn’t effect me enough directly.

    My girlfriend is anti-abortion for sure, even though she is as liberal as I am. I just want to remind people that this isn’t a party line issue. It gets hard sometimes to tell though when it is campaigned on.

    It feels good to just talk without disagreeing for a change. It’s been a hornets nest over at my site this week.

  5. Big Dog says:

    Adam, I agree with you that this is not strictly a party issue though the stance is usually down party lines.
    This is a human issue. Surfside is correct about the numbers and the problems with STDs. Abortion is not, nor should it be considered, contraception. Unfortunately, that is what it is used as in many cases (despite the obvious contradiction in terms).
    It is also true that unless it affects you it is hard to say what you would do. Your girlfriend must be a saint. Not because of her position on abortion but because she is your girlfriend! LOL

  6. Adam says:

    Heh. Sure she’s a saint. We agree on politics. What more could I ask for?

  7. Surfside says:

    One of my dearest friends is adopted. Along with being a wonderful friend, she’s a great sister, a loving wife and a loving and dedicated daughter. She has taken the time and trouble to raise her children with respect for others and the world. She truly makes the world a better place in which to live — no matter how small that contribution is to the greater scheme of life. I realize the incredible hole in the universe and my life there would be if her mother chose to abort her.

    My point is that each life holds promise and possibility. Who among us should judge who should live — even if it is a result of a mistake?

    If you ever have a chance to look at a sonogram or view an abortion video, give it a whirl. They usually leave you with some pretty strong feelings.

    BTW, kudos to you and your girlfriend. That’s a tough line to tow — especially in college.

  8. Surfside says:

    I found a good link for you to visit, if you want to be exposed to the “truth” of abortion. This link will show a web page where you can link to either videos or pictures relating to abortions. You can chose what you can handle. Didn’t want to throw you right into a page you for which you were unprepared.

    No woman should ever be encouraged to have an abortion before she views pictures or videos similar to these. They should have all information at their disposal before they make this life or death decision.

  9. Big Dog says:

    Surfside,
    You are giving Adam too much credit. He said he did not have sex with his girlfriend, not that he did not have sex.
    Adam, do you know what you call a girlfriend who you do not have sex with?
    YOUR WIFE!

  10. Adam says:

    Nice Big Dog. I wouldn’t know about wives though. No, I’ve never had sex. Call me old fashioned.

  11. Big Dog says:

    Adam, I think that is admirable.