Alaska bishop: Vote yes on parental notification
August 02, 2010
An Alaskan bishop is urging citizens to support a ballot initiative mandating that parents be notified when their minor daughters are considering having an abortion.
“This measure is meant to restore in law the rights parents have to protect their minor daughters,” writes Bishop Edward Burns. “In a just and decent society, we would protect all young, frightened girls from those who would try to convince them that a ‘secret’ abortion would be their best option. In a just and decent society, parents would not be kept in the dark when the welfare of their children and their unborn grandchildren is at stake. In such situations, the loving support of families is critical and needed most during these moments. Any institution that desires to be cryptic or secretive in dealing with the children of our community raises the serious question of trust.”