The study for the Family Research Council was conducted by Michael New, a University of Alabama political science professor and senior FRC fellow. And it comes as abortion, as well as the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court, has emerged as a more prominent campaign issue since the vice presidential nomination of Republican Sarah Palin, who opposes the procedure even in cases of rape and incest. [...]
New analyzed national data from 1985 to 1999, compared the types of state parental involvement laws, and attempted to assess their effect on abortion rates. In the period studied, the overall abortion rate fell 50 percent, New says, suggesting that "parental involvement laws are an important causal factor" in the decline. He says his most dramatic finding was the drop in the rate of abortions among minor girls. Between 1985 and 1999, the abortion rate for girls between the ages of 13 and 17 dropped from 13.5 for every 1,000 girls, to 6.5 per 1,000.
Thirty-six states currently have parental involvement laws, ranging from requiring minor girls contemplating an abortion to notify a parent, to compelling them to obtain consent from both parents - currently the law in three states. The states with the most stringent consent requirements, New says, have been the "most effective in reducing abortion rates among minors."
Parental involvement laws work. They enjoy support even among some Americans who describe themselves as "pro-choice." Yet Barack Obama voted "No" to prohibit minors from crossing state lines for abortion and he voted against notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. Illinois has a parental notification law, yet this law, which was passed in 1984, has never been enforced and continues to be held up in court. So in Illinois a pregnant thirteen-year-old girl, whose pregnancy is proof of statutory rape under Illinois law, can get an abortion without her parents even knowing about it--yet this same thirteen-year-old Illinois girl cannot get a piercing without written permission from her parents, or a tattoo at all!
It is absolutely insane for girls to be put at risk of infection and even death from an abortion without their parents even knowing they've had one. It's bad enough that they're being encouraged to engage in sexual behavior from the time they hit puberty onward; it's bad enough that they're indoctrinated to believe that killing their own child is no big deal and that "better" birth control will "solve" this problem in the future. But the fact that their parents are being shut out at a time when these troubled and confused young women need them the most, and are being sacrificed on the altar of Sex Without Consequences as the price we pay for so-called adult liberty to engage in every manner of temporary, meaningless physical contact that Planned Parenthood can dredge up from the depth of their perverse and foul imaginations and force into the unresisting minds of pure and innocent children is beyond outrageous.
Parental involvement laws don't infringe at all on the so-called "right to choose," yet the rabidly pro-abort legislators and politicians oppose them just the same. Abortion is big business; the merchants of death don't want any loving families and welcomed (if early) grandchildren eating away at their profits. And Planned Parenthood's pocket-legislators know only too well that if they want the campaign dollars to keep rolling in, they'd better oppose such common-sense abortion-reduction measures as well.