Tucked into a bill proposed on Friday is a stipulation that teens cannot consent to any health procedure, removing access from abortion, birth control and STI screenings.
Nebraska is proposing a parental consent law for teens seeking abortions, while Ohio contemplates making the judicial bypass process even harder.
Physician who provides abortions indicted for murder; health reform law repeal vote in the House today; parental consent in Kansas; breast-feeding promotion from the U.S. Surgeon General; and crisis pregnancy centers are in trouble in Texas and Washington State.
Oklahoma’s governor vetoes an abortion restriction, Florida’s governor is still waiting for something, and a judge in Nebraska may be acting on his own set of beliefs.
What’s worse: having parents involved in reproductive health or NOT having parents involved in reproductive health? I guess it depends which state you live in.
In an interview, Planned Parenthood responds to the use by a UCLA student and anti-choice agitator of hidden video cameras to exploit service providers.
Parental notification and consent laws are sold as a public good and as protection for teenagers, but are really only about humiliating and punishing them.
While Illinois has a mandatory parental involvement law on
the books, it has long been enjoined. I have seen firsthand the harms that forced parental involvement impose on young women.
An Illinois judge has issued a temporary restraining order delaying enforcement of a law requiring doctors to notify parents of teens who are seeking an abortion. The order was issued in response to a request by the American Civil Liberties Union, and will remain in effect until hearings on why the law should not be put into effect.
The Chicago Tribune reports today that enforcement of Illinois’ parental consent law has been delayed until a meeting this Wednesday of the medical disciplinary board for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation meets.