Commonwealth Policy Center

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals just blocked a pro-life law in Indiana that requires a minor to notify their parents before obtaining an abortion. The Seventh Circuit Court ruled that the law is unconstitutional because it places a “substantial obstacle” to receive an abortion. Perhaps the Court views parents as that substantial obstacle. But those same parents are required to be notified if their minor daughter receives a measly aspirin at school. How much more should they be aware if their daughter is involved with a life-changing decision such as the life of an unborn child? Most would agree that minors need parental consent for important decisions, including medical procedures. State Rep. Nancy Tate proposed a similar bill in Kentucky. It brings parents back into the decision-making process and protects minors from being coerced by others.