- The Washington Times - Monday, July 31, 2006

When the Senate passed the Child Custody Protection Act 65-34 last week, it seemed to mark the end of a long-running effort to give parents a say in their child’s decision to have an abortion. In states with parental notification laws, the bill would prohibit non-parental adults from transporting minors across state lines to have an abortion. However, with the House passing a similar bill four times since 1998, with polls showing public support for parental consent laws exceeding 80 percent and with a large majority in the Senate, would you believe most American parents are in fact abusive and/or engaged in incestuous relations with their children?

Of course that’s ridiculous. The reality is that most girls get pregnant by other minors or adult predators, and that most parents want the best for their children. But the very existence of abusive, incestuous parents is enough for some Senate Democrats to favor blocking the bill from President Bush’s desk. They argue, absurdly, that the bill would actually harm young girls, who can’t go to their parents out of abusive or incestuous fears, by causing physical trauma via the “back alley” abortion or emotional distress. As always with the abortion lobby, it allows the absurd to be the enemy of the good.

Yet from this absurdity, Democrats are objecting that the bill doesn’t allow a grandparent or a member of the clergy to take the place of a parent. It’s a specious argument, if only for the reason that neither a grandparent nor a priest has legal authority over a minor. But it assumes something a bit more preposterous. Namely, that the fear of confronting one’s parents is justification enough to deny parents their legal right to know the health of their children. If a parent’s responsibility does not begin with the health of his or her child, then where does it begin?

That’s a question we wish the Democrats currently blocking the bill would answer, though we understand the futility in asking. Their obstructionism has very little to do with any legal or moral arguments, and everything to do with carrying out the orders of the abortion lobby. In a devious ploy, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid voted for the bill, then gave fellow Democrat Dick Durbin the nod to go ahead with blocking it.

Which is all pretty much par for the course with the abortion lobby. It rarely sees a restriction on abortion for minors it doesn’t theoretically support, if not for this, that and the other thing. And so prevails the status quo, in which parents have less control over their child’s abortion decision than the high-school boyfriend or the sexual predator.

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