"I would counsel her to choose life"

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"I would counsel her to choose life"
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Tue, 11-17-2009 - 4:33pm

That was Sarah Palin's response to Barbara Walters question, "What would you have done if your teenage daughter had wanted an abortion?"


http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/sarah-palin-speaks-barbara-walters/story?id=9077549


If you play the video, I believe the comments are about halfway through.


Something about this really rubs me the wrong way. What exactly does "counsel" mean? Don't most states require parental consent to have an abortion? If that's the case, and her daughter was a minor at the time - she really wouldn't have a choice, would she?


Thoughts?

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Are you surprised? I mean, this is Sarah Palin.




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I don't know what "counsel" means to Sarah Palin. I guess we'd have to ask her. I am against parental consent laws for this exact reason, though. I don't support anyone making this choice for a girl or woman, whether it's a politician, parent, or boyfriend/husband.
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Perhaps she means "counsel" like those people (including teenagers) in front of clinics that call themselves "Sidewalk Counselors."

Actually, in 2007, a judge threw out the Alaska parental notification and consent laws, so it would have been possible for her daughter to have gotten one without her consent - however, I have to wonder how near the nearest provider would have been, and how she could possibly have gone into one and not be recognized by any protestors.

Interestingly enough, Sarah Palin reduced funding in the Alaska budget that would help out unwed teen moms, as well as food banks. It seems that Sarah doesn't view the 'miracle of life" highly enough to actually help anyone but her own daughter with providing a good start in life for the baby...

http://politicolnews.com/palin-cuts-aid-to-unwed-moms/

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Wow...talk about hypocrisy in it's purest form!


After having some time to think it over, I think the thing I'm most annoyed about is Barbara Walters just letting the answer go. Why didn't she ask her what she meant by "counsel" her to choose life?


I'm glad Alaska doesn't have the parental consent laws, but as a Carmina mentioned - how many providers are actually IN Alaska? Most teenagers wouldn't have the money to cover both the procedure itself, as well as travel costs. So, either way, they'll end up asking their parents consent.

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Yeah... all about the preservation of the precious unborn, but once they are actually born, eh, screw them if they can't find a way to support themselves.


Sickening.


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I think she should have counseled her to use birth control, and gone from there...or at least been more cognizant of the fact that her teenage daughter was having sex with the boy she and her husband were allowing to live under their roof. She claims she had no idea they were...
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You have to remember, Sarah herself was pregnant when she married the First Dude.

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Hear, hear.

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If a teenager goes to a medical professional, then that is indeed an adult that is qualified to advise her on medical risks, and evaluate her capacity to make those judgements.

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A medical professional is trained to determine a patient's competence to make these decisions, and to advise as such. If a teen has the judgment to go to a medical professional, as opposed to her school friends for help about what to do about her health, she should not be turned away. Those professionals that deal with adolescents say that they need confidentiality in order to effectively treat teens concerning sensitive health issues, like STDs, substance abuse, mental health or depression issues, and especially reproductive and sexual health issues.

All physicians treating minors are bound by medical standards to encourage a teen to inform their parents, and most teens do. Some have very valid reasons for not involving a parent - and you definitely want those kids to have access to someone trained to deal with those situations. An aunt might not be available or trustworthy.

Parental notification laws cannot create trust and communication if it's not already there.

I want my son to come to me - but what I want even more is that a doctor can advise him, and not turn him away if he feels as though he's not ready to tell me.

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