If my daughter, who is under 18, wants to have her ears pierced, I'll likely be required to sign a consent form. If she wants to get a tattoo, my consent is necessary for that, too, because she is a minor. Some abortion advocates, however, think she should be able to undergo an abortion without my consent.
A preliminary injunction hearing was scheduled for today (Friday) in the U.S. District Court to determine the constitutionality of Arizona's parental consent for abortion law.
In June of this year, pro-abortionists filed a lawsuit in an effort to change the law so parents are no longer required to be involved when their children are confronted with this life-threatening and life-changing decision.
This maneuver is the latest tactic in a battle being waged by abortion advocates, but this should not be a fight between pro-choice and pro-life.
Here at the Roundup we have an editor who is passionately pro-choice and a publisher who is unequivocally pro-life. However, even we can agree that a minor girl should have the consent of her parents the people most concerned about her welfare before obtaining an abortion or any medical procedure.
It is hard to imagine that anyone would try to block a law designed to protect the rights of parents and the safety of their children.
Those who filed this lawsuit might argue that parental rights in this case come at the high cost of a child's individual rights. But we cannot ignore the fact that children do not have the same rights that adults do in areas that involve a level of responsibility for which they are not prepared.
For example, minors do not have the right to walk into a gun shop and buy a handgun that can kill. Minors do not have the right to purchase alcoholic beverages which, when used irresponsibly, can kill. Minors should not have the right to walk into a doctor's office and ask for a procedure that can kill. For heaven's sake, they are not even allowed into R-rated movies without parental consent.
Parental consent is required for nearly all medical procedures, from major surgery to receiving a dose of allergy medication from the school nurse, and rightly so. Parents absolutely have the right to be involved in their child's decision to end a life.
Richard Haddad, publisher