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The personal experiences of Dawn Ravenell, Rachel Ely, Myoshi Callahan, Holly Trimble, and Teresa Wibblesman Fangman are a testament to the very real tragedy that a decision made without the benefit of parental involvement can become for a teenager who is confronted with the frightening and stressful fact of an unexpected pregnancy. Their experiences illustrate all too well some of the physical, emotional, and psychological dangers to the adolescent who makes the abortion decision without any parental involvement.
Dawn Ravenell, a 13-year-old girl from Queens, New York, died tragically in 1985 after undergoing a legal abortion. According to the abortion clinic records, Dawn awoke from the anesthesia during the middle of the abortion Continue reading
In Nevada, a girl under age 18 can’t get a cavity filled, or an aspirin dispensed by the school nurse without a parent knowing, but a doctor can perform an abortion on a young girl without informing a parent. Abortion is a surgical procedure involving anesthesia and having the potential to cause life-long and sometimes life-ending consequences. Why is parental involvement imperative?
- Parental notification laws provide commonsense protection for teen and pre-teen girls.
- It is an undisputed fact that adolescents develop physically before fully maturing psychologically. They simply cannot make decisions that fully consider future consequences AND rarely know their full medical history. In fact, what physician would consider an unemancipated underage girl capable of giving true informed consent?
- A teen’s parent is her biggest advocate and her best protector.
- A teen’s parent has important medical information about the teen – often information the teen doesn’t know or won’t remember during a crisis.
- A majority of Americans support parental involvement. A 2011 Gallup poll found 71% of Americans – including 72% of women and 61% of Democrats – favor PARENTAL CONSENT laws, higher standard than Nevada is considering.
- On a daily basis, older men exploit young girls and use secret abortions to cover up their crimes.
- States which have laws protecting parental rights have experienced real reductions in pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases among young girls.
- Why should parents expect profit-making abortion clinics to have their daughter’s best interest at heart.
- A middle school or high school girl can’t get an over the counter medication like tylenol or benadryl at school without parental PERMISSION, yet she can get a surgical abortion without a parent KNOWING about it.
- How can a parent provide proper and necessary medical care, if they are completely unaware of the procedure and the need for concern?
In 1985, the Nevada Legislature passed NRS442.255 Parental Notification for underage girl seeking an abortion by a vote of 51-18. Upon enactment, it was immediately challenged by Planned Parenthood and the Reno Abortionist. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found it unconstitutional in Glick v McKay in 1991. The Attorney General of Nevada, Frankie Sue Del Papa did not choose to challenge the ruling.
In 1995, the Nevada Legislature tried unsuccessfully to fix the statute, but in the midst of heated abortion politics, the attempt fails.
In 1997, Supreme Court handed down Lambert v Wickland that upheld a similar notification bill. In the case, the Supreme Court mentions the faulty reasoning in Glick.
On March 17, 2015, the 78th Nevada Legislature introduced Speaker John Hambrick bill, AB405, a simple bill that removes the old NRS442.255 and inserts new language that achieves the same end – involving a parent in a surgical or medical decision.
- AB405 requires one parent or guardian to be notified 48 hours before an abortion on girls under 18.
- AB405 provides for a judicial bypass – to be achieved within 5 judicial days – in the rare event that the parent or guardian is deemed a potential physical risk.
- AB405 retains the same emergency medical bypass existent in current Nevada law for all other surgical and medical events that applies to ALL underage children – boys and girls alike. In an emergency, she will get emergency treatment.
- AB405 protects the privacy of all girls and their families.
The Abortion Industry and Planned Parenthood challenged this law in 1985. They have fought parental involvement laws in every state for the last thirty years. Let’s hope they will recognize that parents are their children’s best advocates rather than continue to beat the drum that parents are more dangerous than child predators and human traffickers?
Download and read AB405. Don’t believe the lies.