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March 07, 2005

When profits are more important than principles

From LifeNews:

A Congressional hearing on Thursday focused on legislation that would help parents know when their teenager daughters are considering an abortion. A Pennsylvania mother told lawmakers the story of a secret abortion her daughter obtained and the heartache that resulted.

Marcia Carroll of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, testified in favor of the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act and said it would have prevented the parents of her daughter's boyfriend from taking her to a New Jersey abortion facility for an abortion without her knowledge.

Once at the abortion business, the boyfriend's family refused to take Carroll's daughter home to Pennsylvania until she had the abortion.

Of course the so-called pro-choice advocates seem oddly silent about these fairly commonplace situations in which young girls are pressured into abortions. Or if they do speak up, it's only to ignore the facts, and whine that laws requiring parental notice, or in this case, preventing the transportation across state lines of a girl, for an abortion without her parent's permission, would “impede” someone's choice. Under that rational our laws against rape “impede” the choice of the rapist, don't they.

While more than two dozen states have parental notification or consent laws in effect, nothing prevents taking teen girls to another state without such a law for an abortion.

Abortion businesses located near states without such laws routinely advertise across the border that abortions can be performed without parental knowledge. Some make arrangements for abortion facility staff or representatives of pro-abortion groups to drive teens across state lines for secret abortions.

The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act would prohibit that.

But you can always trust the dimwits on the left to rush to defend any bad idea.

"This legislation will not create healthy family communication where it does not already exist, and it ignores the plight of those young people who need support most," said Laura W. Murphy of the American Civil Liberties Union....

"This bill puts young women's lives at risk, makes criminals out of caring physicians, and affects the care of all patients," Warren Seigel, a doctor and member of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, told the panel.

Wouldn't help his business much either, would it.

Posted by Jack Lewis at March 7, 2005 09:28 AM

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