Parental Consent Passes the Senate
That is tremendously good news for Idaho’s daughters and their parents.
Only one Democrat supported the measure – Sen. Bert Marley of McCammon. 6 Republicans voted against Parental Consent for teenage abortions.
They are Joyce Broadsword and Shawn Keogh, both of Bonner County; Charles Coiner of Twin Falls, Tom Gannon of Buhl, Joe Stegner of Lewiston and Gary Schroeder of Moscow. Perhaps you will get a chance to visit with these folks when they return home next week.
One of the highlights of the floor action was listening to the debate of newly appointed Senator Russ Fulcher. He was appointed to take Jack Noble’s place on Tuesday morning. It was fitting that his first floor debate came in defense of preborn children and Idaho families. We predict great things for Idaho’s newest state senator.
Of course, the celebration can’t last very long. The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood have promised to file suit. While they have conceded that the new ‘medical emergency’ language is clearly constitutional – they are quite upset about provisions in the law which reinstate a requirement that parents be notified if an abortionist performs an emergency abortion on their daughter. This is just common sense protection of a girl’s health. But don’t tell that to the folks who want free abortions at any time and for any reason.