Voting “YES” on Ballot Measure 2 will protect teen health and uphold the rights of parents to direct the upbringing of their children.


Voting “YES” on Ballot Measure 2 will protect teen health and uphold the rights of parents to direct the upbringing of their children.

When you enter the polling booth on August 24th you will be asked to vote For or Against Ballot Measure 2.    The measure asks a simple question:  “Should parents have the right to be involved when their minor daughter is considering an abortion?”

The reason the question is on the Ballot is that in Alaska today, a doctor can perform the surgical procedure of abortion on an adolescent female without even informing the girl’s parents!  One would think that parental control of their underage children would never be challenged by anyone, and would be a natural common sense right of the family.

It is a right that parents would naturally take for granted. Parental consent or at least notification is required before your child can get an aspirin at school, have her ears pierced, get a tattoo, go to an R-rated movie or the even go on a school field trip.  So, why are parents not required to give their consent or at least be notified when their minor daughter is considering an abortion?  That is a really good question.

More than 35 other states have laws requiring that a parent provide consent or receive advance notice before an abortion can be performed on their child. A “YES” vote on Ballot Measure 2 will promote the health and welfare of our kids and protect the Constitutional right of parents to rear their children. Parental involvement laws, like Ballot Measure 2 if passed, ensure that parents have the opportunity to discuss their daughter’s medical history with both their child and their doctor.

Ballot Measure 2 contains exceptions for the very rare instances when notifying a parent might not be in the best interests of the young girl, for example, when a teen comes from an abusive home.

Opponents of parental notification required by Ballot Measure 2 argue that it is a “government mandate”.  However, all laws are government mandates from highway speed limits to placing your infant into a car seat when traveling on the road.

A “YES” vote on Ballot Measure 2, a parental involvement law, will protect, and safeguard the health of our children.  Ultimately you must ask yourself, who do you trust more to make medical decisions for your child: yourself and your family doctor, or an abortion doctor who is looking to make more money by performing abortions?

Remember that parental involvement laws like Ballot Measure 2 are supported by most Americans, regardless of their positions on abortions.

Next Tuesday, vote “YES” on Ballot Measure 2.  Vote “YES” for parental involvement to protect and safeguard the health of our young Alaskan girls.

Think About It!!          JCD  08-18-10

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