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  •  On #3, I'd add a few points. (27+ / 0-)
    3)  In many states, a teenager can have an abortion without her parent’s consent or knowledge but cannot get an aspirin from a school nurse without parental authorization.
    First of all, the school nurse can't perform an abortion without parental authorization either, so there's no inconsistency there.  And the reason the school nurse can't dispense an aspirin is because the school's insurance won't allow it, not because some legislators decided to ban the practice.  And minors are still free to walk into any drugstore and buy as much aspirin as they want.

    A second point relates to the framing where they say that they just want to treat abortion "like any other surgery where a minor needs parental consent".  The problem with that is that, in many states, it's simply nonsense.  We fought back a parental interference law years ago in my state, and I learned some things I hadn't known.  
    For one thing, in my state, a pregnant minor is considered legally emancipated for the purposes of obtaining medical treatment relating to her pregnancy.  She can consent to amniocentesis, ultrasound, in-utero surgery, etc.  So, instead of treating abortion like any other procedure, as they claimed they wanted to do, they were trying to single out abortion as the one pregnancy-related procedure that a minor could not consent to.  When framed that way, they look a lot less reasonable to most people.  So check your local laws to see what rights are granted to pregnant minors.

    •  I disagree on parental notification (22+ / 0-)

      I had a pregnancy scare at 15. Abortion was still illegal.

      I went to the library to research best way to kill myself.

      That was preferable to telling my parents and believe me I would have done it.

      Since I'm still here I clearly was not actually pregnant.

      A better answer is that a young person can manage a headache for a short time until parental consent is achieved. She can't put a pregnancy on hold until she's 18. As a former clinic volunteer I know most young women do consult their parents, and the younger they are the more likely to do so. But it cannot be mandated. Period.

      As for late term, this is a red herring anti woman forces use. They pretend women sit around contemplating our navels for 8 1/2 months and then decide to have an abortion. Or we have 8 month abortions because we have a little headache or can't fit into our prom dress. It drips contempt. A better answer is that women are not stupid. In fact, anti abortion restrictions often force women to have later abortions than they wish, but left to themselves women don't wait around. If a woman has a late term abortion it is due to personal or medical emergency.

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