As you may have learned on Life of the Party’s Facebook Page, there will be a hearing on Wednesday for the Senate version of the parental notification bill on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 1:30 PM. We covered the Washington State Senate’s parental notification bill, SB 5156, a few days ago in a post entitled “Legislative Sleight Of Hand.” I said then that this bill was not all it’s cracked up to be, and I stand by that.
One of the opening lines of SB 5156 states “Immature minors often lack the ability to make fully informed choices that take into account both immediate and long-range consequences” and “The medical, emotional, and psychological consequences of abortion are sometimes serious and can be lasting, particularly when the patient is immature.” This is important, I think. The vast majority of us with young children know full well that our kids don’t always make the best “long-range” decisions. The State further tells us that it’s only “sometimes” that abortions can have “serious” and “lasting” consequences. Most of us would argue that the consequences of murder are always, always lasting. I would say that, in fact, the only way that the emotional and spiritual toll of this horrific act is through the redemption that can only be found in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice and resurrection.
With its judicial bypass clauses, SB 5156 is largely meaningless. If a judge finds “that the pregnant woman is both sufficiently mature and well-informed to decide whether to have an abortion” or “that the notification of a parent or guardian is not in the best interest of the pregnant woman” (“pregnant woman,” who you and I would call “young girl”) the court must issue an order authorizing her to “consent to the performance or inducement of an abortion without the notification of a parent or guardian.” All a pregnant young girl has to do is walk into her school counselor’s office, Planned Parenthood or any other abortion mill, tell them that she doesn’t want her parents to know that she’s carrying their grandchild and then get taken in front of a pro-abortion judge. There’s more, but I don’t think that I need to go on.
Even if she doesn’t go the judicial bypass route and everyone obeys this law, there’s still not a single thing her parents can do since we are talking about merely notification, not consent.
Why not just give us a clean parental notification bill with no judicial bypass? Why even make parental notification strictly about abortion? How great would it be to just have a bill that mandates parental CONSENT for any and all medical services and procedures, including prescriptions, birth control, STD testing and treatment and substance abuse treatments? If a child is under the age of majority and un-emancipated, the parents have a right to know everything that’s going on with any and all medical or mental health treatments, right?
This is just another example of “pro-life pragmatism.” Is it well intentioned? Maybe, but it’s also useless. For 40 years we’ve tried to chip away at the legalized murder of pre-born human beings, and for 40 years, we’ve accomplished nothing. We have a great bill, HB 1259, introduced by Representative Jason Overstreet and sponsored by the Freedom Agenda team. As Mrs. McIntyre rightly pointed out, it’s the “The Gold Standard of Pro-Life Bills“. Why even bother messing around with this other stuff if we’ve got this out there? Our goal isn’t to make abortion a little more inconvenient for the abortionist. It isn’t to limit abortion a little. The goal of our struggle to abolish abortion!
If people want to show up to the public hearing on Wednesday for the public hearing on SB 5156, I absolutely encourage it. If you get a chance to testify, talk about the horror of abortion, and how no little girl should have to be pressured by the money grubbing abortion industry into doing something that absolutely will scar her for the rest of her life. Talk about the proper relationship that a little girl should have with her parents. Talk about how much you love your baby girl, and how she feels safe talking to you about anything, even her mistakes. Talk to them about how much support she would have from you, your family and your church if she got pregnant. Tell them that this isn’t nearly good enough. Ask them, instead, to back HB 1259. Let the legislators know that we’re working tirelessly to end abortion for good.
Parental Notification = “Your Daughter Just Scheduled Your Grandchild’s execution. Thought You Should Know. By the way, there’s nothing you can do to stop it.”