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Federal Parental Consent Is Back, Gets Congressional Hearing

Federal Parental Consent Is Back, Gets Congressional Hearing

Most states across the country have some form of parental consent or parental notification law that requires a minor get the consent of a parent, grandparent, or some other trusted adult before having an abortion. Republicans in Congress are looking to federalize those laws.

H.R. 2288, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA) is a bill designed to prevent teenagers under 18 from going to a state without parental consent or notification in order to obtain an abortion.

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) sponsored the bill to make sure that “parental rights are upheld, while promoting the inherent dignity of the unborn.” Let’s be clear here that parental rights in this context are not the rights of the teen parent, but of her parents.

Republicans have brought federal parental consent bills in the past, but this is the first time CIANA actually got a hearing. That is indicative of the continued shift rightward in the abortion debate and the willingness by anti-choice advocates to have this debate play out with women’s lives.

Minors are able to provide consent for nearly every other area of their healthcare, including consenting to prenatal care, obtaining HIV and STI screening, and accessing mental health services. In states with parental consent laws young women are more likely to have abortions later in their pregnancy–procedures that come with a higher risk of complications and expense.

So at least Rep. Ros-Lehtinen is being candid when she admits this bill is not about promoting sound public health policy but making an already difficult to access procedure all but impossible to get.

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11:35AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Cherish, how do you know how many unwanted pregnancies that end in abortion were the result of rape? You don't. Rape is very under reported. It's common for women not to tell anyone they were raped, especially when they feel as though it's their fault.

11:24AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Well, for Pete's sake. This shouldn't break it. The last (it better be):

Creatures like Santorum, for example, would have a rape-victim bear the child, with all the memories, traumas and guilts that lay so heavy on it, AND he has the unbelievable, repulsive GALL to suggest that it's a "gift of god" or that it's still their responsibility. F**K that- the "responsibility" for the outcome of a situation the RAPIST perpetrated is THEIR OWN responsibility, not the victim's. Perhaps a suitable part of the whole punishment for rape would be to have the rapist pay for any abortions, therapies or other medical-bills their attack on that person generates. True reparation, not just jail-time. The modern form of Danegeld, really. Perhaps people like Santorum should experience what it's like to be raped (not that I'd ACTUALLY wish that on anyone, having gone through it myself), then, maybe people like him (and, by extension, you) won't be so ready to dismiss a woman's reason for making a decision for HER life.

Which YOU, or anyone, should have no say in.

11:22AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

My apologies for the broken post- I didn't realize there was a character-limit. Here's the remainder, so it looks less like an attack and will make more sense in a fuller context:

You have NO say in what a woman does in ANY pregnancy situation. Neither do I. No religion, no law, and especially, NO MAN.

I'm sure you'd like to believe that people do this "for convenience" (utter bull-puckey) if it saves you from having to do some critical thinking about the ugly realities of WHY a girl might choose to have an abortion. Just ONE reason is enough for me to want laws that allow access to safe abortion-procedures for ANY woman, under her OWN permission, regardless of age, not that of some "parental guardian": one in four girls are RAPED BEFORE THE AGE OF TWELVE. Did you get that? ONE IN FOUR. Before the AGE OF TWELVE. There are quite a few children who are fertile at that age, and there are a LOT who have been raped at that age. Chances are, you knew one personally, even if she never told you, because they rarely do.

Did you get THAT part, too? Most of them never report it.

Creatures like Santorum, for example, would have a rape-victim bear the child, with all the memories, traumas and guilts that lay so heavy on it, AND he has the unbelievable, repulsive GALL to suggest that it's a "gift of god" or that it's still their responsibility. F**K that- the "responsibility" for the outcome of a situation the RAPIST perpetrated is THEIR OWN responsibility, not the v

11:19AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

@ "Cherish"- While I am sure there are women who use abortion in just that way, they are in the MINORITY. Others get one for many reasons- everything from they can't afford to raise a child and they have no support-network (far more common than you may realize, especially in poorer areas), being coerced into it by the very parents this amendment wants to give the right of consent to (what if she actually wants to keep it?), to having an illness where having a child would put her in the hospital, to having a high-risk, genetic chance of a baby killing her, to one that wouldn't live more than a few moments, even at full term. There ARE medical reasons for having an abortion, you know.

But, to specifically address your little sneer about "convenience" and how you so callously brush off the possibility that a woman was getting an abortion because of rape, I have to ask, have YOU ever been raped? Have YOU ever had to deal with the stress, the terror of it, or having to figure out what to do about a possible baby? What if you're not physically grown enough to actually HAVE it? Have you thought about that? Have YOU ever experienced the fear that comes when an attack on you is something those fears and unwarranted guilt forces you to keep silent- perhaps because the rapist was your father or other relative?

No?

THEN SHUT THE HELL UP.

Seriously. Shut up. You have NO say in what a woman does in ANY pregnancy situation. Neither do I. No religion, no law, and espe

10:00AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

come on now people all the excuses I her on these comments are "what about incest?" or what about "rape"? most of the abortions are not done because of those reasons.... most are because of"convenience"

11:58PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

so what does a girl do when the baby she need parental permission to abort belongs to her abusive, rapist of a father?

10:26PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Terrible idea.

9:02PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

All this legislation is doing is enabling "back alley" abortions. If they don't get the approval, you can be sure that there will be ways to achieve the goal.

8:28PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

These Republicans will be gone after the November election, so unless they act very quickly, we should all be safe.

They are such liars -- "return power to the states!" "small government!" Yeah, just small enough to march through my cervix.

4:04PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

I am confused. Are Republicans advocating for MORE or less federal government in our lives? Maybe it is less government in areas that they do not agree with, and MORE government in order to enslave women to have full term pregnancies. Maybe it is not government at all. It could be a national religious police force they want.

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