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Parental Notice ordinance needs your support

Posted by Eric Scheidler on Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Eric and LizaHere I am (see photo at right) this past May with my daughter Liza in our new garden. We're planting red peppers. Last night, Liza helped me make a big pot of chili using some of those very same peppers.

At eleven-going-on-twelve, Liza is the oldest of my six daughters.

As the father of so many girls—plus their two older brothers—I'm keenly interested in the Parental Notice ordinance just proposed by Alderman Rick Lawrence and endorsed by Aldermen Chris Beykirch and Richard Irvin.

The proposed ordinance would require any medical provider to inform the parents of a minor before administering any medical procedure, including abortion. A recent USA Today poll finds that 73% of Americans favor such laws.

The purpose of this measure is to safeguard the health of our kids. As parents, we're responsible for our children, but how can we exercise that responsibility if we are kept completely in the dark when they receive medical care?

The Parental Notification of Medical Procedures Ordinance protects our kids in two ways.

First, it ensures that parents will be able to offer guidance to their children. As any parent of a teen knows, adolescents don't always make wise decisions. They are still learning how to assess risks, weigh consequences and keep things in the proper perspective. Teens facing such an extreme crisis as an unplanned pregnancy need parental guidance.

Secondly, this ordinance would ensure that parents have the information they need to take care of their children. Teenage girls have died because their parents didn't know they were suffering from the physical or psychological effects of abortion. (See the "Teen Abortion Risks Fact Sheet" linked below.)

This wisdom is recognized with regard to every other medical procedure. A girl can't get an ear pierced or take an aspirin at school without parental consent, but she can be given contraceptive steroids or get an abortion without her parents' knowledge. Alderman Lawrence's ordinance would bring all medical procedures under the same standard: parents must be informed.

I encourage everyone to support this measure. Here's what you can do:

  1. Learn more about the proposed ordinance:
  2. Educate yourself on the parental notice issue:
  3. Gather petition signatures supporting the measure:
  4. Support the measure at the City Council Tuesday, October 23:
    • Call the City Clerk at 630-844-3615 to sign up to speak.
    • Use the resources above to prepare your three-minute speech.
    • Be there at the meeting, even if you're not speaking.

Now, opponents of this measure will say that it's an attempt to "legislate family relationships." They'll tell us that an ordinance can't force parents and teens to communicate.

Nonsense. Even teens who have good relationships with their parents will keep things secret at times that they shouldn't. That's to be expected from them as they negotiate their emerging independence. This ordinance would help to ensure that at least on the crucial subject of medical care, parents stay informed.

Opponents will also raise the specter of abusive parents who will harm a daughter who is forced to tell them she's pregnant. But the proposed ordinance includes a bypass provision to address that concern.

Other opponents—including, as it seems, some members of the City Council—will say this is not a proper subject for a city: that the state should handle such matters.

But, first of all, the State of Illinois has dropped the ball on this one. We have a state parental notice law that was passed in 1995 but has never yet been enforced, thanks to unwillingness on the part of judges and elected officials and opposition from the abortion lobby.

Secondly, if Aurora is to be the abortion capital of the midwest, we're going to have to take the lead on preserving the right of parents and protecting the health of our children.

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37 Responses to “Parental Notice ordinance needs your support”

  1. Vince says:

    Excellent article Eric! It is also important to secure parental notification to protect young children from child predators and trip up the child predators trying to hide their perversions. For example, listen to the legally recorded real phone calls of Planned Parenthood helping to protect child predators at the following link where you click on the button that says, "Audio Only" to hear more… http://childpredators.com

    October 16th, 2007 at 11:37 am
  2. Billy Smathers says:

    FIRST! Eric, FTW!

    October 16th, 2007 at 12:18 pm
  3. Mike says:

    Eric,

    I fully support Parental Notice. When I was in my teens a friend of mine got a girl in the neighborhood pregnant. They were both going to get an abortion. None of the parents knew anything about it. I was always Pro-Life so I told my folks about it. My parents were good friends with the parents of the girl who was pregnant.

    Anyhow my father drove over and told the girls parents. The parents (strong Catholics) talked their daughter into keeping the baby. I felt so relieved. To this day neither my friend nor the girl knows my father saved this babies life.

    I think she is now in her early twenties. My father routinely called to listen to the Pro-Life Action League Hotline every day. He passed away in 1990 on fathers day. He really was a father to all the kids in our neighborhood. We had about 25 kids in our neighborhood who always hung out and did things together. It was a blast!

    I therefore know how important Parental Notice can be. It saves lives.

    Mike

    October 16th, 2007 at 12:23 pm
  4. HR says:

    Just this week my wife had to do something neither of us had ever had to do before; sign a medical release for our toddler.

    I'm sorry so many organizations have had to implement these, but I understand the need for them. In part, they are used because parents may have a legal claim when a medical procedure which contradicts their belief system (i.e., a blood transfusion) is conducted on their child without their approval.

    Why is are there legal ramifications when organizations implement medically necessary procedures but not in the case of elective abortions?

    Just wondering…

    -HR

    October 16th, 2007 at 1:29 pm
  5. Eric Scheidler says:

    This just in: parental notice laws appear to help lower STD rates. Check it out.

    October 16th, 2007 at 1:43 pm
  6. Billy Smathers says:

    Oh, snap! Eric has mad biased new sources, yo! FTW!

    October 16th, 2007 at 7:43 pm
  7. Paul2 says:

    It is a good thing to protect our children from predators by requiring parental consent laws.

    October 16th, 2007 at 8:10 pm
  8. Kathi says:

    Anytime parents are involved things are better for children. Ask any teacher,, ask any police officer or any judge. It's just plan old fashion common sense. It's not rocket science.

    October 16th, 2007 at 10:39 pm
  9. Billy Smathers says:

    @Paul2: Uhh, yea, predators. Mad conflagrating two or more unrelated issues to make a point. Word!

    October 17th, 2007 at 6:24 am
  10. Kirk says:

    While I was getting dressed this morning, I heard part of a story on Fox 32 news. I believe that they stated that public schools (I didn't hear where) are handing out contraceptives to 11, 12 & 13 year olds. Maybe someone here heard the whole thing.

    October 17th, 2007 at 7:29 am
  11. Vince says:

    Kirk, (In Reply To #10)

    Here's the whole thing! You will not believe the END TIMES we live in now, until you here that it has GONE THIS FAR! Birth Control for 11 and 12 y.o. girls at school based "clinic" without Parental Notification.

    I Googled the name "Richard Veilleux," but didn't come up with much to report to you on. The guy is deluded, seriously, and his 12 y.o. daughter is in a bad situation. Have you ever heard anyone else use the word, "services" like he does?

    View and weep.

    Lord Jesus, Come in glory!

    October 17th, 2007 at 8:42 am
  12. Ramir San Diego says:

    The news was from Portland, Maine:

    http://www.wmtw.com/health/14350031/detail.html

    *This is sick…contraceptives for 6th – 8th graders???

    October 17th, 2007 at 8:58 am
  13. Patricia says:

    Every natural instinct of every loving parent is to protect their children.

    I believe it is every loving parents right to be involved in all important issues which affect their children.

    Parental notification is morally correct.

    October 17th, 2007 at 11:51 am
  14. Paul2 says:

    Ya Billy predators. The child molestors obviously. PP too because they keep everything secret instead of bringing the predators to justice. Secrecy is key to their survival and they hide under the guise of reproductive privacy. What a joke. It's so wrong they can't even talk openly about it. Not to mention the abortionist who would should also be held accountable as a child predator when they mutilate minors without
    parental notification.

    October 17th, 2007 at 1:07 pm
  15. Sylvia says:

    Something's better than nothing, but why not do something more effective?
    Notice the penalty for violating the law: Class A misdemeanor. Up to 1yr in prison and/or 2yrs probation and/or up to $2500 fine. Each time. No progressively stiffer penalties. Animal abuse gets bumped up to a Class 4 felony on the second offense.
    And why stop at notification? Why not parental consent?

    October 17th, 2007 at 1:21 pm
  16. John says:

    "Why not parental consent?"

    All parents are obviously not created equall…

    Abusive, alcoholic, drug dependant, mentally deranged parents are in this world too…

    Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on the point of view) some childrend in this world have less than admirable parents whom they are lucky to finally get away from…

    October 17th, 2007 at 1:30 pm
  17. Erin says:

    John–

    The ordinance as proposed has an exception clause if the girl signs an affidavit stating that she fears abuse if she tells her parents. Given that fact, do you support it?

    Erin

    October 17th, 2007 at 3:04 pm
  18. Anonymous Christian says:

    Womyn,
    Still waiting to know if you watched this graphic video of a woman's choice:
    http://abortionno.org/

    CAUTION: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC ABORTION VIDEO!

    October 17th, 2007 at 3:26 pm
  19. Anonymous Christian says:

    Sorry – posted that last comment and link on the wrong blog!

    October 17th, 2007 at 3:28 pm
  20. John says:

    Erin says,

    "if the girl signs an affidavit stating that she fears abuse if she tells her parents. Given that fact, do you support it?"

    Erin, yes I would.

    Having said that though I believe that if the parent/child relationship is already a sound one then the need for parental consent should not arise. There should already be a line of open communication between the two.

    And I also wish we lived in a perfect world…

    October 17th, 2007 at 4:22 pm
  21. Paul2 says:

    It is just totally, completely wrong to give 11-13 year old girls contraception with or without parental notification and consent. It's just wronger to do it w/o their consent. Responsible adults should not condone sexual activity in children this young. Instead these children deserve health professionals and school nurses who offer guidance and counseling that discourages. They should be passing out literature about the dangers involved, not handing out contraceptives. It doesn't take a genious to figure out that a scholl nurse handing out contraceptives to children is teaching them that having sex at their age is o.k.

    Also, I heard somewgere that better than 50% of sexual partners with minors are adults. Does anybody have good statistics on this or is it impossible to get because the statistics are hidden by "health providers" like PP?

    October 17th, 2007 at 8:00 pm
  22. John says:

    Paul2 says,

    "Also, I heard somewhere that better than 50% of sexual partners with minors are adults."

    I do not have the stat although would be interested to know. However I would imagine that the stat would be missleading…

    If I was a bettin' man I would say that 85% of the above percentage mentioned would be 18y/o still in HS having relations w/ 16 and 15y/o.

    I would be vary surprised if the majority would be adults older than 25y/o.

    Either way it would be interesting to find out.

    October 17th, 2007 at 8:33 pm
  23. Paul2 says:

    And 15% of a million would be 150,000 rape victims w/o justice and untold numbers of predators left on the street to do it again.

    October 17th, 2007 at 8:58 pm
  24. Paul2 says:

    And John,
    What percentage of those untold predators do you suppose would have been brought to justice if their parents had been told instead of PP keeping it hidden?

    October 17th, 2007 at 9:03 pm
  25. Mary says:

    Isn't harboring a sexual predator a federal offense?

    October 17th, 2007 at 10:40 pm
  26. Patricia says:

    A planned parenthood facility in Kansas had over a 100 charges brought against them today. Over 20 of them felonies.

    If each state followed thru with investigating their deceitful practices perhaps we could get rid of them one by one.

    I find it very disturbing that the government doesnt handle more of the investigating since they give planned parenthood so much of the taxpayers money!

    Sex abuse predators are required to have their names publicly listed in each community they reside in, but planned parenthood is allowed to run a so called business with their practices?

    Is there not something wrong with our society?

    October 17th, 2007 at 10:56 pm
  27. Shirley says:

    I live in Montgomery Eric. Does that mean I cannot sign a petition or get signatures except from Aurora residents?
    Shirley

    October 18th, 2007 at 12:33 pm
  28. John says:

    Paul2 says,

    "And John,
    What percentage of those untold predators do you suppose would have been brought to justice if their parents had been told instead of PP keeping it hidden?"

    Thats easy…all of them.

    October 18th, 2007 at 12:39 pm
  29. NM says:

    Vince, Commenter #11:

    Thank you very much for posting the link. Advancing this will impact people in a far greater manner than reading the published articles, as were the only tools available until now.

    October 18th, 2007 at 1:57 pm
  30. NM says:

    Webmaster:

    The comment clock is one hour behind.

    October 18th, 2007 at 1:58 pm
  31. Families Against Planned Parenthood » Blog Archive » Protect Our Youth says:

    [...] Perhaps I am going off on a tangent to tie this into our movement against Planned Parenthood, but something about this smacks of the corruption of our values that we will be subjected to if we are not continuously on guard to protect our youth.  This has direct correlation to the Parental Notice ordinance that Eric Scheildler presented on Wednesday. [...]

    October 19th, 2007 at 5:04 pm
  32. Denham says:

    I encourage everyone to contact the Illinois Attorney General – Lisa Madigan – asking why our State Parental Notification law is not being implemented and enforced.

    Also contact your state Rep and Senator and ask the same question about why this law (passed in 1995) is not in implemented. Go to CapWiz and enter your zip code to find your state contacts.

    October 25th, 2007 at 8:12 pm
  33. Ann says:

    On Saturday, after the huge rally, two young teens were seen leaving PP with a slightly older teen as driver. One of the girls was obviously sick to her stomach. Had she just had an abortion? Did her parents know where she was on Saturday? Who is going to take care of her?
    Parents have a right to know what is going on in their children's lives. And children have a right to care and protection from their parents and from society. We must do better for our kids than to let them get drawn into PP to be exploited and damaged for life.

    October 29th, 2007 at 10:46 am
  34. Generations for Life » Blog Archive » First Monthly Protest at Aurora Planned Parenthood Draws Hundreds says:

    [...] signs along the west side of Oakhurst, and prayed near Planned Parenthood. Many also signed the parental notification petition and picked up Yard Signs to take [...]

    November 19th, 2007 at 11:09 am
  35. Generations for Life » Blog Archive » Trying (and Failing) to Look More Respectable says:

    [...] organization, continues to oppose parental notification and consent laws [PDF] — which the vast majority of Americans support, even many who call themselves [...]

    May 14th, 2008 at 2:48 pm
  36. Generations for Life » Blog Archive » Sarah’s Law says:

    [...] vast majority of Americans support parental notification laws—even many who call themselves "pro-choice"—and states that have passed [...]

    June 25th, 2008 at 12:42 pm
  37. Families Against Planned Parenthood » Blog Archive » Illinois parental notification law goes into effect today says:

    [...] had our own battle over parental notification here in Aurora in 2007, a spin-off from the controversy surrounding the opening of Planned [...]

    August 4th, 2009 at 10:01 am

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