I support House Bill 35 to make parental consent mandatory for our girls before they would commit to an abortion. I agree with the argument that if our daughters, our future community and state women leaders, can't even take a Tylenol at school without parental consent, then it is absurd to think we would allow them to have an abortion without parental consent.
As an educator and school occupational therapist for more than 30 years, I daily saw the temptations and enticements our kids, and especially our teens go through. Every which way they turn the world says "sex is cool." Models, TV, movies and magazines entice them to provocative styles of dress and behavior - all without thinking of the emotional consequences, the financial consequences and the health consequences that occur.
Teen's bodies are on a virtual roller coasters as they are becoming (but not yet arrived) adults. The world entices them to be mini-adults, but they aren't and haven't. Teens are so prone to peer pressure - they think only in the moment. They don't see the big picture; they think abortion is an easy way out, a quick fix, when in fact, it is the hardest of outcomes - physically but especially emotionally.
Having an abortion is a "forever choice." Our young daughters, if they choose to have an abortion will never, ever be the same. When so much is at stake, why would we want them to walk the road alone, without the support of the people who know and love them most - their parents? At a time when statistics, studies and outcomes show that parent's involvement in a child's life is so vital, so important. Why would we want a law that would prohibit that? When government leaders encourage parents to be involved in their children's lives, why would we turn our head and allow a law prohibiting our involvement? It's an absurd thought.
As an adoptive parent of a daughter who was born to a 15-year-old mother, I will forever be grateful that community and parents stepped in to help our daughter's birth mother to make an informed decision. She had the choice of an abortion, but after counsel from teachers, youth leaders and her parents, she chose adoption. And we will be forever grateful that consent, advice and counsel was given.
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