Nice post Cu.
I'm actually not arguing either side of the abortion issue, my concern is that kids are being operated on without parental consent, and that bothers me. Since you have to be 18 to vote, I'm amazed that this measure became law to begin with, and even more amazed that the measure to revoke it got defeated. Not only in one state, but both of them. Just makes absolutely no sense to me that adults would vote in favor of kids having elective surgery without parental consent
. I could understand if it's a life and death, we have to operate NOW! kind of thing, but that's not the case in the majority of those situations. Very strange result in the voting.
That's well put, and the surgery concern is certainly a valid one. I suppose it's more or less an elective procedure; not a required one. The argument that only pregnant teenagers of dysfunctional families wouldn't report an abortion to their parents is reasonable as well. I'm also concerned that a pregnant 16 year old too afraid to tell her parents she is pregnant may seek out a far more dangerous and illegal procedure to abort.
The mandatory 48 hour waiting period is a problem as well, perhaps more so than the parental consent part; time sometimes is of the essence and the 48 hours is there to perhaps give parents time to talk a pregnant teen out of getting abortion, when in fact is may complicate things further.
This measure is a very precarious situation and it's certainly a great example of something that has no black and white resolution. I think perhaps many adults, as they get older, have experiences, either personal or second hand, of pregnant teens and facing the possibility of abortion. I know people whose opinions have changed when actually confronted by the reality of it.
If you're a battery, you're either working or you're dead....