Thursday, February 26, 2009

Palin: Parental Consent on Abortion

Palin backs parental consent for abortion

The Associated Press
Last Modified: February 26th, 2009 02:21 PM

JUNEAU -- Gov. Sarah Palin is backing a bill that would require parental consent for a minor to have an abortion in Alaska.

Rep. John Coghill, a North Pole Republican, and Sen. Donny Olson, a Democrat from Nome, are the main supporters of the bill, and appeared with Palin during a news conference today in the Capitol. Palin has voiced strong anti-abortion views, which endeared her to social conservatives in the recent presidential race, but has not pushed that agenda until now.

The bill would revise the Parental Consent Act passed by the Legislature in 1997, which was overturned 3-2 by the Alaska Supreme Court in 2007. The court held that the parental consent requirement was unconstitutional because it infringed on a pregnant teen's right to reproductive freedom.

The court is more conservative now with a Palin-appointee replacing a justice who cast a vote to overturn.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates, and read full coverage in tomorrow's Anchorage Daily News.

NOTE: To those who don't know the Anchorage Daily News, it is a hotbed of hostility toward Sarah Palin and practices the worst forms of manipulative journalism. In backing Gov. Palin for two years, I have never seen her take a position on a social issue for any reason other than that she thought it was the right thing to do, as is certainly the case here. For the ADN, the notion of right and wrong is a mystifying concerpt, which the journalist describes as an "agenda."

Obviously, there must be exceptions to parental consent. One such exception should be in the case of incest. Another should exist in an abusive household.

However, in a world where a school nurse can't give a student two Tylenol without parental approval, no child in a non-threatening situation should be able to have an abortion without knowledge and consent by her parent(s).

1 comment:

Greg said...

I'm sure the loony left will once again try to turn this issue against her. It will backfire, much like the wolf attack (notice how quick that disappeared from the news and blogosphere.) The majority of states have some form of parential notification, and the majority of people support notification. A minor cannot get a tooth pulled or ears pierced without parential consent, and abortion is much more serious. Wide spread discimination of this information to the general public by the left, will most likely result in greater support for Gov. Palin.