Picture this. Your young daughter of 14 is in big trouble. With all the pressure to fit in with her peers and what she sees on TV, she succumbs to the pressuring of her “boy friend” at school and has sexual intercourse with him. Feeling terrible about what she did, she vows to never let you know and just forget about it. But then she skips her period. She feels tired and sick. Her friends urge her to go see the school nurse. There, she takes a pregnancy test that comes out positive. Horrified, she freaks out and bawls about what you will think of her when you find out.
What would you want the school nurse to do? Give you a call and let you come comfort your daughter, tell her you still love her, and come to a decision together how to proceed. Of course! What parent wouldn’t want to be there for their child in one of the most difficult times of their lives!
Unfortunately, in 15 states there is no law requiring parental notification and/or authorization for abortion for minors. When this situation happened recently in Seattle, instead of giving the girl’s mother a call, the school nurse put the girl in a taxi to Planned Parenthood and had an abortion there and then. (Read the Story Below)
The mother of a 15-year old Seattle girl is furious because her daughter had an abortion with some assistance from the nurses at her school and she was never informed. She only found out after the fact when her daughter had an unrelated health problem and finally revealed she had terminated a pregnancy.
The girl attends Ballard High School in Seattle which has a teen health clinic inside. The clinic is run by Swedish Medical Center and administered by the King County Health Department.
According to the girl’s mother, who did not want to give her name, her daughter was given a pregnancy test at the school clinic which was positive. She was then told by the nurse that she could hav
e an abortion at a nearby Planned Parenthood clinic without her parents’ knowledge.
The girl was then called a taxi, which picked her up at the school and drove her by herself to Planned Parenthood. The mother says once at the clinic a Planned Parenthood worker discouraged her daughter from informing her parents. She claims the worker told her that if she kept quiet the procedure would be free, but if she told her parents they would have to pay for the abortion.
The mother acknowledges she signed a consent form at the beginning of the school year giving the school permission to administer health care off campus. She assumed that meant in cases of emergency. Nowhere on the form is abortion mentioned.
A King County Health official would not speak about any of the details surrounding the case, but did say that no laws were broken. In Washington State a girl of any age can get an abortion without her parent’s being notified. It’s one of 15 states without either parental consent or parental notification laws.
The county health official also says that schools routinely send kids in taxis when they’re taken off campus for medical procedures.
How did we ever get to the point where parents are locked out of involvement in considering abortion for their own minor children and are instead replaced by school counselors and abortion clinic doctors? Whatever happened to the concept that families are the bedrock of society and that government’s role is to protect and support the family? Whatever happened to the concept that no government or institution should come between a mother and her children?