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Should a minor need parental consent to get an Abortion ?

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PRO 1

In the first five years of Minnesota's parental notification law, the pregnancy rate for teen-agers fell 21 percent, the abortion rate went down 27 percent, and the birth rate fell 12.5 percent. 

 

CON 1.1

THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE THAT SOME OF THOSE ABORTIONS ENDED UP IN OTHER STATES.  In 1996, 30 of the 44 teen-agers seeking abortions from Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge in Roanoke came from other states, mostly North Carolina and West Virginia, both of which had parental involvement laws

 

PRO 3

once teen-agers can no longer hide pregnancies through abortions, their attitudes about sex change AND ARE LESS LIKELY TO ENGAGE IN RISKY BEHAVIOR..

 

PRO 4

Sen. Steve Ogden said, ''It was a battle for me every day to find out what was going on in our daughter's life,'' he said. ''I have always resented a government that would tell me that I don't need to know what my daughter is doing - that somehow a daughter that I have nurtured and sacrificed for and raised with my wife, that somehow I would act in her worst interests and not in her best interests. 'I think our government has an obligation to give the benefit of the doubt to parents.''

 

CON 3.1

A LAW won't change a teen-ager's desire to keep news of her pregnancy from her parents, but it might force her to obtain an illegal abortion instead.

 

CON 3.2

SOME PARENTS ARE NOT AS UNDERSTANDING AS OTHERS. IT IS QUITE POSSIBLE SOME GIRLS MY FEAR FOR THEIR LIFE, IN THIS SITUATION. IN THE PAST GIRLS RISKED THEIR LIVES GETTING ILLEGAL ABORTIONS IN UNSANITARY CONDITIONS FROM PEOPLE WHO MAY OR MAY HAVE KNOWN WHAT THEY WERE DOING.

 

CON 4

I THOUGHT the  traditional conservative position is less government interference and intrusion in our private lives.

 

FACT 5 10-21-99

The U.S. Senate Thursday again approved a controversial ban on so-called ``partial birth'' abortions but fell at least two votes shy of the crucial 67 votes needed to overturn President Clinton's promised veto. Since 1995, both the House and Senate have repeatedly voted to ban this abortion procedure, which critics compare to infanticide. But the Senate has not been able to override Clinton's veto. Fourteen Democrats joined 49 Republicans in backing the ban. Three Republicans joined 31 Democrats in opposing it.

 

 

 

 

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