Categories: Parental Involvement

Wouldn’t You Want to Know if Your Underage Daughter was Having an Abortion?

By Marissa Mayer

Alaska Supreme Court

As a parent, do you care about your child’s health and well-being?

In 2010, Alaska voters approved a state law that requires parental notification when their minor daughter requests an abortion (with a bypass option for special circumstances). The goal was to encourage open dialogue between parents and their pregnant daughters.

Sounds like a good idea, right? After all, part of being a parent is offering support and sharing your years of wisdom and experience with your child—especially when it comes to making life-changing decisions. And an abortion definitely qualifies as life-changing decision—both for the mother and for the child who is killed.

But it doesn’t seem like Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest thinks parents should be involved in their daughter’s healthcare.

They sued to overturn the law because they say it violates the pregnant daughter’s “right-to-privacy” and equal protection because pregnant girls that decide to keep their child do not have to notify their parents first. Instead, they claim that these minor girls have plenty of time to discuss their decision with other “helpful adults” when deciding to have an abortion.

In case you were wondering, these “helpful adults” are the abortionists who will be killing their unborn baby.

Clearly, a daughter discussing their decision with their mom and/or dad is not the same as them discussing it with the person they are paying to commit the abortion. But unfortunately, the Alaska Supreme Court disagrees.

Last Friday, the court decided to strike down Alaska’s Parental Involvement Law, which will allow abortionists to perform abortions on minor girls without their parent’s knowledge.

“We’re disappointed that the court elevated the demands of abortionists over the rights of parents,” said ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden, co-counsel in the case. “The majority of Alaskans supported the Parental Involvement Law and adopted it through a state ballot initiative because it is entirely reasonable. It is very unfortunate the Alaska Supreme Court chose not to give parents an opportunity to counsel and support their daughters when facing a difficult situation—the very opportunity that the court itself previously said that the state constitution permits.”

Parental involvement in their child’s health decisions has long been the norm. And while parents are not always perfect, in most cases, they are best equipped to provide their underage daughter with physical and emotional support she needs when she’s pregnant. The Court’s decision sadly disregards this fact.

“Parents are the individuals who care most for the physical and emotional well-being of their children. The primary vested interest that an abortion clinic has is its bottom line. We had hoped the Alaska Supreme Court would keep its promise to the people of Alaska to permit a parental notice law designed to protect parental rights and the safety of children,” said ADF Allied Attorney Kevin Clarkson, who argued before the court in defense of the law last year.

Parents have a right and responsibility to be there for their children when they need them most. We as a society must continue to promote parental involvement in their children’s lives if we are truly concerned about the best interests of the children.

Does your child know you are there for them when they need you most?

If you’re a parent, there’s never been a better time to get and stay involved in your children’s lives. Not only will you provide them with a model of what quality parenting is, but you will strengthen relationships that last a lifetime. So tell your kids you love them today. Tell them how precious life is and how valuable they are. You have the opportunity to make a difference in their lives.

Editor’s note. This appeared on the webpage of Alliance Defending Freedom.

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