The pro-life effort at parental notification has been a bit of a mystery to me. Given the numbers in the general populace being “okay” with abortion, I always wondered if this was an issue pro-lifers really wanted to emphasize.
I’ll state upfront that I certainly want to know when my daughter has any sort of medical exchange with a professional. As a matter of parental responsibility, we should know everything going on with our kids. A few months ago, someone informed me that some notification legislation was only aimed at abortion clinics. Given that, I can see why some would find that unfair. As a parent, I certainly would expect any medical professional to inform me about anything they did professionally with or to my daughter.
Let’s assume that any fair-minded legislation would apply across the board to all medical personnel in every setting. Any time a minor went to a doctor, a nurse, a clinic, and spoke to any medical professional about any medical issue, the parent would be informed. So here’s the dilemma:
If notification legislation were proposed that included both teens seeking an abortion and teens opting for pregnancy and birth, would that be a good thing for the pro-life movement? In other words, do you think fewer parents, if they found out their underage daughter were intent on keeping the child (or giving her or him up for adoption after birth), would try to pressure her to abort? And if you think abortion clinics only should inform, how do you justify the position to parents who would want to know everything?