House Considers Bill Federalizing Parental Consent Laws for Abortion - Mother Jones
Parental consent laws are a complex issue for me. Personally, I was fortunate enough to have parents that genuinely care about my life and loved me enough to let me live as I choose, with minimal guidelines. I’ve always known how to use contraception correctly and minimize the chances of an unintended pregnancy. Due to that good fortune, I’ve never known the horror or dread that comes with having to tell ones parents that they are part of an unplanned pregnancy.
On the one hand, I feel that any self-respecting parent should be trustworthy and involved enough in their children’s lives that they are comfortable enough to approach them with issues of this magnitude and an expectation of kindness, understanding, and respect.
On the other hand, I know that there are millions of ‘parents’ who will not, can not, or simply refuse to trust and/or teach their kids about sex and pregnancy. (Or, more importantly, how to prevent pregnancy and practice sex safely.) Seventy-six percent of our country’s population is Christian, and their religion is not known for the kindness they show to expectant teens and victims of sexual assault, incest, and rape. (Sometimes, these evil fucks go on the internet and brag about forcing their child to carry a pregnancy.)
Given these facts, I don’t understand how anyone could support a license for parents to usurp such a huge decision from the hands of a teen, and frankly, I believe forcing a child to carry an unwanted pregnancy is child abuse.
(And, I should add, laws of this nature are hypocritical and contradictory to the Republican Party’s lip service to ‘limited government’.)