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Thursday, May 26, 2005

The Party of Death, Part 175

Majikthise, who I first became aware of during the Terri Schiavo nightmare (see here, here, and here), says we can't impose parental notifications for young teenagers seeking abortions... She certainly has a predilection for death.

No compromise on parental notification

Some liberals think that parental consent laws constitute a reasonable "compromise" on abortion. Parental consent laws for minors are unacceptable, and argument that might establish their legitimacy undermines core pro-choice values.

Abortion is a medical procedure. As such, minors should have the same rights to obtain an abortion as any other medical service. Medical ethics guarantee all mentally competent patients privacy and autonomy, regardless of age. Note that parental consent laws only come into play when a woman seeking an abortion is competent to make her own medical decisions. (Guardianship for mentally incompetent patients is a totally separate issue.)

I'll post more about parental notification later, but I figured I should throw down the gauntlet preemptively.

I commented to her post with the following:
Yeah... a law requiring parental notification for girls 14 years old and younger (with an exception in the case of rape & incest) is really draconian.

Oh, and here's the text of requirements for getting pierced from The Association of Professional Piercers (APP)

Regardless of any local legislation being more lenient, the following is an appropriate minimum standards policy on piercing minors:

For any piercing of a minor, a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign a consent form. Proof positive, state issued photo identification is required from the legal guardian, and a bona fide form of identification from the minor. In the event the parent has a different last name and/or address from the child, court documentation is needed to prove the relationship, i.e., divorce papers, or a remarriage certificate.

Under no circumstances is it acceptable or appropriate for a piercer to perform piercing on the nipples or genitals of an individual under 18 years of age.

Yeah.... makes sense to require that for a piercing, but not notification (not talking about parental consent, mind you... just notification) for abortion.

A majority of Americans agree that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. And that for minors, especially those 14 and under, there should be a parental notification process. You're the extremist on this issue...

By the way, if you don't want a notification process in your state, persuade your fellow citizens and pass a law. However, you and I both know that you'll be unlikely to obtain a majority on the matter... If the facts and the reasoning behind your position are valid, they'll stand up to the test of the voters.

St Wendeler

I've posted on this topic before...

She's also a fan of government subsidized Viagra for sex offenders. Missouri recently disclosed that taxpayers have been buying viagra for some convicted felons who are still in prison. I'm sorry... but Majikthise has now made it on my Kooks blogroll... Congrats, Lindsay!

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler