The History of Parental Notification for Underage Girls Seeking Abortion in Nevada

seal_sosIn 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.