Letter: Parental notification for abortion should be the law
By Elburn Herald
on March 11, 2010
I’m responding to a recent article about the new law that requires teen girls to inform their parents if they are getting an abortion. I strongly support this law for many reasons.
First of all, all medical procedures require parental consent. I don’t see why abortion should be any different. Parents should have the right to know what’s going on with their children. They are minors, and their parents should be able to know about their children’s decisions. Although I don’t support abortions, even people over the age of 18 years old should let their parents know about their abortion.
Not only would a person be killing the parents’ grandchild, but they would also be killing a human being. If people are allowed to get abortions, then I strongly believe that the parents should at least have a say about it. Parents also need to know if their children are having an abortion because there are some major side effects that could put them in danger. Diarrhea, vomiting, spotting or bleeding are just some of the many health risks that are taken. More serious possible side effects include infections, damage to organs, being paralyzed or even death. The guilt and other psychological side effects could also harm someone greatly.
Parents can help protect their children with this new law in place. It provides an option for parents to say no to abortion and to say no to their own children or grandchildren getting hurt.
Kaneland High School