MetcatorNet 31 July 2013
THE NEWS: Illinois Supreme Court Backs Parental Notification for Abortions
The Illinois Supreme Court recently upheld a ruling that requires doctors to notify parents of girls younger than 17 years old if those girls seek abortions. “Under the law,” reports the Chicago Tribune, “a parent or a guardian would have to be notified at least 48 hours before an abortion was performed on a minor except in cases of a medical emergency, sexual abuse, neglect or physical abuse.” The ruling was first passed in 1995 but never took effect.
The ACLU decried the decision, saying that it “jeopardizes the health and safety of young women.” New research into parental notification laws, however, indicates that the opposite may in fact be true.
THE RESEARCH: Parental Notification and Reduced Suicide Levels
Much to the dismay of ardent feminists, many states already have on the books so-called parental involvement laws, decrees which require a girl to notify a parent, guardian, or other approved adult or family member before she can obtain an abortion.
A new study by Joseph Sabia and Daniel Rees, researchers from San Diego State University and the University of Colorado, Denver, gives further evidence in support of such laws. States that have parental notification laws, they find, also see a drop in the suicide rate of girls ages 15 through 17.
(Source: Bryce J. Christensen and Nicole M. King, “New Research,” The Family in America, Summer 2013, Vol. 27 Number 3. Study: Joseph J. Sabia and Daniel I. Rees, “The Effect of Parental Involvement Laws on Youth Suicide,” Economic Inquiry 51.1 : 620-636.) – See more at: