Getting permissions notarized???

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Registered: 03-21-2003
Getting permissions notarized???
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 1:27pm
I need to read a little more(and my allergies are really bad right now so forgive me if I don't get this right), but apparently the VA Senate decided that for a minor to get an abortion without notifying her parents, she must get her request notarized. All I could say is DO WHAT??? Ok, so the whole point is to make it difficult for minors to get abortions, but this doesn't seem like the way to do it. I totally agree with the objections that notaries are not bound by any ethical requirement for protection of privacy. The govenor has ammended the measure to drop this requirement but it still can be put back in by an over-ride vote.


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Registered: 03-28-2003
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 11:42pm
I've not read about having to have permissions for abortions for minors notarized by parents or guardians. However, short of having a parent come to the clinic with a minor and signing in front of a witness a notary may be a logical solution. There are always ways around these safeguards ----I am for parental notifications and parental permission---A notarized permission would aid in prosecution of an adult who illegally signed a fake permission claiming to be a parent or guardian. I'm not familiar with notary laws----It would certainly be a concerned if notaries are not bound by confidentiality. In any case I believe that it is important that parents be notified so they can have imput in this important decison in their childrens life---rather than having some planned parenthood counselor take the lead role of influence in this decision.( the truth is a teen in such a position would have great potiential to be influenced by a "counselor" other than the parent) Many planned parenthood and pc groups lobby to stop parents from being notified---thus leaving this choice not just up to the young teen, but also giving great influence to the "counselor". I would certainly not want my child (I have two boys) or my neices to be influenced by counselors that might encourage abortion-----ie you are to young, you won't be able to get on with your own life, no one has to know even your parents....ect. So perhaps if a notary is used it would be wise to make sure that it is confidential and that the person giving permission truely is the parent or guardian-----most notaries are not investigators rather they simply ask you if what you've signed is true. Much more work to be done and problems to iron out on the notarized permissions.
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