Townhall.com reported today that, of the 38 states in our nation which have passed laws requiring parental consent for a minor to receive an abortion, 37 of them also included in those laws a provision for judicial bypass. Under this provision, a minor who wishes to circumvent the parental consent law can simply petition a judge for his permission to do so. An article on Lifenews.com reported that Arizona judges grant this waiver in nearly 75% of cases, and a New York Times article reported that Minnesota judges approved of 99.75% of the 3,500 such cases that they heard over a 9 year period. The Townhall article also reported that Planned Parenthood actively encourages minors to seek judicial bypass if they don’t want their parents to know that they are pregnant.
The article also quotes Jason Walsh, the executive director of Arizona Right to Life, as saying that he’s “not surprised at all — it’s expected with all these judicial loopholes.” Unfortunately, we’re not surprised either. For years — no — for decades, the leaders of the pro-life movement have assured their supporters that including loopholes like judicial bypass is the only way that pro-life bills have any hope of getting passed. But if these “necessary” loopholes are so big that as many as 99.75% of those seeking to circumvent the law can do so with ease, then what point is there in passing such a law in the first place? It is high time for the pro-life movement to take a stand and fight for laws with no loopholes at all. It is time to take up the banner of Personhood for the unborn and put an end to legalized abortion once and for all.
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