Last night the television show Boston Legal attempted to address parental consent laws for abortion. Let me just say that to root a story about abortion on the perspectives of two older men is, well, interesting.
Abortion related ballot initiatives will be decided in California, Colorado and South Dakota today; Jill at Feministe offers up a nice voter guide; Why Catholics shouldn’t be afraid to support a pro-choice candidate; New York Times looks at the demographics of women who have had an abortion.
Two wealthy Californians have bank-rolled this year’s parental notification ballot initiative as well as the two nearly identical prior measures, corrupting the ballot initiative process and putting teens at risk.
Dr. Eleanor Drey, an OBGYN from California, says that Proposition 4 would place the duties of police and detectives in the hands of doctors, jeopardizing the crucial doctor-patient relationship.
The result of the presidential election will determine the direction of the Supreme Court on Roe; Another California paper comes our against Proposition 4; Economists have show that working women are key to world prosperity, so how can better enable women to work?; Rwandan teens ask parents to talk to them about sex.
Radio ad says “Too many unborn lives are being lost while we wait for judges to get it right.”; Opponents of California’s Prop 4 and Prop 8 join forces on college campuses; HIV rate comparatively high in Philadelphia; Abortion laws liberalized in 16 countries since 1998; What if pro-choice Tom Ridge had been on the McCain ticket?; Birth attendants in Zambia.
“Sarah’s Law” is the third attempt to get California voters to say yes to parental notification. But there is no “Sarah” and government mandated parental notification won’t improve communication between parents and teens.
Parental notification can be risky for teens who live in abusive homes; Teens speak out explaining why parental notification is not a good idea; South Dakota’s proposed abortion ban is tied in most recent poll; Catholic bishops’ narrow anti-abortion effort hurts ‘pro-life’ cause.
LA Times counters parental notification proponent’s two central arguments; UK makes sex and relationship education mandatory in primary and secondary schools; British lawmakers leave Northern Ireland’s women suffering; How the religious right drove Colin Powell to endorse Obama; Baptist minister says birth control is “murder.”
Many adults, not just teens, face unplanned pregnancies; Doug Kmiec on Obama and the middle ground in the abortion debate; TIME Magazine calls Palin attacks on Obama’s abortion record “misleading”; Watching anti-choice ballot initiatives; Abstinence-only and HIV in Uganada.