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March 28, 2012


Interstate Sacrament of Abortion

We all know that public schools are completely hamstrung when it comes to students’ health. Even so much as giving an aspirin to a child with a headache can be grounds for dismissal, if an adult acts without parental permission.

I mention that by way of reminder. Schools—those supposedly in loco parentis institutions to which we hand our children—have to have parents’ say-so to do pretty much anything medical. According to a collection of religious groups, however, pretty much anyone should have the freedom to take your daughter without your permission or even knowledge and take her across state lines fro an abortion. They’ve written to the members of the House Judiciary Committee in opposition to the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, echoing the odious Episcopal seminary president Katharine Ragsdale in the process:

We, the undersigned religious and faith based organizations and communities, believe that all women, including young women, should have access to safe and legal abortion services.  As such, we are writing to urge you to oppose the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (HR 2299), a bill that would harm young women by limiting that access.

The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act is a shameful attempt to restrict a woman’s constitutionally protected right to abortion, and one that targets a particularly vulnerable population: young women who turn to trusted adults in times of crisis. Specifically, this legislation would prohibit anyone, including clergy or a close family member, from accompanying minors across state lines for an abortion if they did not comply with parental notification laws in the minors’ states of residence.  This legislation also imposes a complex series of mandates on health care providers, requiring them to police their patients and enforce the parental involvement laws of the state in which they are practicing and the state in which the patient resides.

In an ideal situation, young women who face critical, time sensitive health issues such as unintended pregnancy would feel comfortable turning to their parents. However, the circumstances of real life can make this ideal impossible to achieve. Instead, young women who are pregnant as a result of rape or incest, or who fear severe or violent reprisals from their parents, often turn to another trusted adult for compassion, guidance, and assistance. In many cases, young people facing personal and family crises turn to clergy or a lay leader within their faith community for safe counsel and support. The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act would discourage such behavior by criminalizing the grandparent, clergy member, counselor or other trusted adult who attempts to aid a minor in her time of need — even if that adult was not aware of the state’s parental involvement laws. In the absence of a trustworthy support network, teen women may take matters into their own hands, endangering their health or their lives.

While we represent different faith traditions, our organizations and communities stand together in support of compassion, justice, and the dignity of all women, shared values that are grounded in respect for every woman’s right to follow her own faith and conscience when making personal decisions. And, above all, we support the health and safety of all women. The health of young women is not something to be taken lightly. Congress cannot mandate healthy family communication and must not create laws that force young women to face unintended pregnancy alone. HR 2299 will deter young women from seeking help and guidance from trusted adults; the repercussions may indeed be tragic.

This is tiresome, illogical, morally bankrupt reasoning that doesn’t so much as deserve a response. But I thought Stand Firm readers might want to know who sent this tendentious tripe to Congress:

Anti-Defamation League
Catholics for Choice (astroturf org)
Concerned Clergy for Choice (NY state org)
Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc.
Jewish Reconstructionist Federation
Jewish Women International
Methodist Federation for Social Action
National Council of Jewish Women
Presbyterian Voices for Justice
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (Episcopal and PCUSA among members)
Religious Institute, Inc. (left-wing org run by Unitarian)
Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom (subsidiary of RCRC)
Union for Reform Judaism
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation
Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER)
Women of Reform Judaism


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When our daughter developed serious asthma problems in high school, we had to jump through hoops to allow her to carry her rescue inhaler with her to school.  Fortunately she was in a private school.  At a public school she’d have had to leave it in the nurse’s office.  That wouldn’t have been much help if she’d started gasping for air in basketball practice.  But the same public school systems which prohibit pain medications and asthma meds even with parental permission will allow girls to be transported to abortion clinics without their parents’ knowledge.  Do these “religious leaders” even think about what they’re advocating?

[1] Posted by Katherine on 3-28-2012 at 07:12 PM · [top]

Some, or most, of the groups on the list are not much of a surprise. It’s disgusting that nayone claiming to be religious would be in favor of this. Katherine, we had a similar experience with our daughter (also Katherine) when she was in high school. She developed a headache at school one day. The nurse called me to ask me to come to the school with Tylenol. I told the nurse she had my permission to give her some herself. Of course, she couldn’t do that. Yet if our daughter had been pregnant, she could have had an abortion without our ever knowing it. But that’s different, because it’s abortion - which is indeed the sacrament of the left.

[2] Posted by Nellie on 3-28-2012 at 08:11 PM · [top]

“young women who are pregnant as a result of rape or incest, or who fear severe or violent reprisals from their parents”

Okay, so what happens after the abortion?  Does the “trusted adult” then drop the girl back at home, back into a situation where she may be at risk of rape, incest, or violence?

What happens if the girl needs help to overcome the trauma of rape, and the first thing the parents know about it is when she starts self-harming?

Does the concern of these trusted adults begin and end once the girl has been collected from the clinic after the procedure?

I really need to know the answers to this, because if they are saying that “I knew Minnie was pregnant because her brother raped her, but I didn’t bother informing the police or her parents or social services, but I did bring her into the next state over to have an abortion”, then what the hell use are they?

[3] Posted by Martha on 3-28-2012 at 09:33 PM · [top]

There use is to be the agent of social change, a la Thomas Dewey, for a progressive agenda ascertained and implemented by the elite liberals (who are the best evidence for retroactive abortion as an appropriate intervention).

[4] Posted by dwstroudmd+ on 3-28-2012 at 11:40 PM · [top]

just unbelievable.  how incredibly deceived they are.

[5] Posted by B. Hunter on 3-29-2012 at 10:11 AM · [top]

Because the breakdown of the family, the responsibility for the care of the minor conveniently shifts to the very social engineers who caused the breakdown of the family. The results are predictable.

[6] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 3-29-2012 at 10:38 AM · [top]

I don’t suppose the petitioners would be very supportive if some group started handing out hand guns to their children in order to validate the children’s second amendment rights.

[7] Posted by Another Pilgrim on 3-29-2012 at 12:33 PM · [top]

No mention of the long-term results of abortion: the cancer risk increase becs the pregnancy has been stopped by force - when there is miscarriage, the body’s changes have been part of it.  Not so with abortion.  Possible damage to the uterus at abortion preventing future pregnancy.  Some women have difficulty getting pregnant if they’ve had an abortion, because their womb refuses to carry a baby after there was an abortion.  Plenty of women are able to get pregnant again (sometimes leading to another abortion), but sometimes they can’t. 

Then there’s the psychological result: chances are they knew the due date, and it can be a painful day each year.  What would the child be like when s/he started going to school? Turned 10?  16?  21?  Who will the aborting mother’s siblings and parents miss as grandchildren, nephews/nieces?  What grandchildren will the aborting mother miss?  What split will there be between the aborting mother and her own mother and siblings? 

Oh, no, not to worry, it’s just something for an adult to assist a teenager with on a school day. 

What does someone do when she takes a girl she’s never met before to have an abortion, then the girl has a massive medical problem, hemorrhaging, needing a hysterectomy, or something severe?  “Mrs Jones?  You don’t know me, but I’ve brought your daughter to City A for an abortion, and am calling from XYZ Hospital where the abortion clinic has sent her.  There have been complications, including ________.  Can you come stay with her and take her home when they’re able to release her?  No, I’m not leaving my name, and I didn’t give ID to the clinic when we arrived.  I hope she recovers, she’s a very sweet girl.  The hospital staff will take care of her before you get here.”

I’m baffled that they always use the word “woman,”  never describing her as a “young woman,”  or “teenage girl”  in the case of school students.  Well, no, I guess I’m NOT baffled, but mad.

[8] Posted by maineiac on 4-3-2012 at 11:26 PM · [top]

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