SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP)--The argument is a simple one -- in California, a teenage girl needs a parent's permission to get her ears pierced, to get a flu shot and even to get an aspirin from the school nurse. Why, then, is she not required at least to notify her parents before getting an abortion?
Although more than 30 states have adopted laws requiring either parental consent or notification before a minor can obtain an abortion, California is not among them. That could change Nov. 8 when citizens there vote on Proposition 73, which would amend the state constitution to require at least one parent of a teenager under 18 to be notified before the girl obtains an abortion. If the parent does not agree to the procedure, the minor must then wait 48 hours. Read More