The current discussions about the parental consent for abortion bill offers up very complicated and conflicting issues. If only the issues were that black or white.
For many of us who have been deeply involved with these issues over the years, we suggest that some ethical and reasoned alternatives must be available.
For those who have not been intimately or professionally involved in these issues, I invite you to consider the 10- to 18-year-old females who have been raped and are pregnant. The perpetrators in some cases are their fathers or stepfathers. The mothers have been so damaged for so many years from abuse that they are in total denial, and without light at the end of their tunnels for reasoned decision-making about their daughters.
If you really believe these are rare events, you do need to get out and talk to those who deal with these issues and the people affected by it.
Mandated parental consent for pregnancy termination begins considerably earlier than a pregnancy test. That begins with families who care about each other and their children. That begins with respect for each other. That begins with healing what is broken in ourselves, our children, our families and our communities.
Black and white parental consent for abortion? If we have to resort to that, we are truly deluding ourselves. We can do better than that for our children, for our families and for ourselves.
There are other infinitely more important issues than "mandated parental consent" to consider in these very personal, medical, social and family decisions. Think, people. Think.
Carolyn V. Brown
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