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HB 1212 - Parental Consent
Texas currently has a parental notification law, but Rep Phil King has introduced a bill to change that to parental consent. It was on the calendar for today, but was struck because of a point of order. The Calendars Committee is meeting at 11 tonight, so I wouldn't be surprised to see HB 1212 back soon. I went by Rep Larry Phillips office today to drop off some info I got together about parental consent laws and 1212 in general. I went to the State Affairs Committee meeting about this bill and took notes. Ha. Here's my comment on pinkdome.com:

"HB 1212 forces undue burden (and therefore violates constitutional rights) on young women because it 1) limits access to the legal system by introducing venue restrictions 2) changes the burden of proof for judicial bypass to "clear and convincing" from "preponderance of evidence" and 3) lengthens time given for judicial bypass from 2 business days to 5 business days.

This increase in time length also threatens the health of young women. The American Medical Association says parental consent laws "increase the gestational age at which the induced pregnancy termination occurs, thereby also increasing the risk associated with the procedure."

The public reporting of any judicial bypass (including the judge, the decision, the date, county name, and county of residence of the applicant) will encourage violence against judges (especially with the history of violence in the anti-abortion movement) and will encourage speculation in small communities of who applied for judicial bypass and increase harassment of the suspected young women. In the case of public reporting, if not threatened by violence, judges will undoubtedly be threatened by politics during election time for doing something the law *stipulates* they *must* do if it is determined to be in the best interests of the minor. Judges should not be punished for doing to right thing.

The following organizations oppose parental consent laws:
American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and the American Medical Women's Association."

Rep Larry Phillips
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0297
District Phone: (903) 891-7297
http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/email.php?dist=62&rep=larry.phillips

In the end, I don't believe any laws can be passed to make families loving and stable. HB 1212 will hurt young women raised in abusive (physically, emotionally or sexually) households. It will not help reduce the rate of teen pregnancy. Call Larry Phillip's office and let them know.

Comments

awesome (million billion). that is like a lightyear of awesome.

why thank you!

to that list of organizations that oppose parental consent laws, probably add the US Supreme Court :) (planned parenthood v casey)