A Parent's Right to Know

Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Op-ed, by Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University, in today's USA Today. Since I find it easy to agree with Professor Turley on this matter I wouldn't mind hearing from those who disagree.


terrye said...

I agree as well. Parental notification is as much a health issue as a matter of provacy.

If my 14 year old daughter got an abortion and that knowledge was withheld from me...I would be furious.

What if there are complications?

And besides, if a young girl is growunup enough for that procedure, she is grownup enough to face her parents.

Knucklehead said...


Re: If a young girl is grownup enough...

Apparently the NH "Parental Notification Prior to Abortion Act" that Planned Parenthood of Northern New England challenged and, to date, is declared unconstitutional addresses the "sufficiently mature" aspects.

The US Court Of Appeals For the First Circuit ruling, in which they affirmed the district court's ruling that the NH act is unconstitutional, in the "Background" section:

RSA 132:26, I. If a minor does not want her parent or guardian notified, she may request a state judge, after a hearing, to "authorize an abortion provider to perform the abortion if said judge determines that the pregnant minor is mature and capable of giving informed consent to the proposed abortion," or if the judge determines that "the performance of an abortion upon her without notification of her parent, guardian, or conservator would be in her best interests." RSA 132:26, II. In these proceedings, the pregnant minor may act on her own behalf or be appointed a guardian ad litem, and she must also be advised that she has a right to request court-appointed counsel. (from FindLaw).

Seneca the Younger said...

I'm of two minds on this.

On the one hand, I'm enough of a libertarian that my immediate reaction to any extension of the Government's power is "Not on your tintype."

On the other hand, I'm somewhat confounded by the notion that you can't give a kid a flu shot without parental consent, but can perform a termination.

Eric Blair said...

I'm trying to figure out how the kid is going to go to court, do the paperwork, etc.., and still not have the parents find out somehow.

I can see it now: "Jennaphr, what are all these lawyer bills about?"

"What do you mean, you need a note to get out of school, you have to be in court?"

Does'n't this strike anyone else here as absurd?