It's also not right when the law tells kids they can make all the wrong moves -- sex without contraception -- and enjoy the right to hide it from their parents. In my experience, many teens who get pregnant harbor a strong desire to have a child -- a baby friend. Those girls easily could get pregnant again.
The local Planned Parenthood folks estimated that, at their clinics, three in four teens get birth control after an abortion. Those girls do not need a law that presumes they know more than their parents -- they need adult supervision.
I asked Planned Parenthood Golden Gate President Dian Harrison if she could think of a parental notification law her group could support. Her answer: "It's hard to envision the need for such a law when the majority of teens are already talking to their parents." And: "Notification laws can't mandate family communication, but they can put teens at risk."
Sadly, many teens will remain at risk -- as in, having unprotected sex or sex with older men -- as long as their parents remain in the dark. For these girls' sake, the law should not presume that their parents are the enemy.
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