Translation: If a doctor wants to take 200 bucks to stick a vacuum aspirator up your 14-year-old daughter's cervix, he can do it without saying "boo" to you. After all, your 14-year-old is mature enough to make life-and-death decisions on her own, right? She doesn't need any parental supervision or guidance, right? She can not only decide to get an abortion, but she can choose the right doctor and make sure she gets the right kind of follow-up care, right? What makes the court think your 14-year-old is such a paragon of maturity? Why, the fact that she went out and got knocked up. That makes her a young woman with the right to keep her parents in the dark. Right?
Of course, if it turns out she doesn't go to a good doctor but one of these for-profit abortion mills run by hacks one step away from license revocation, or if even a good doctor has a bad day and perforates her uterus, or leaves a bit of your fetal grandchild in her womb, believe me, the courts of New Jersey will hold you responsible for her medical bills. Because then, she's just a kid and your responsibility, right? And if the wrong doctor robs her of her fertility, you'll be the one left holding her hand as she faces the fact that she may have destroyed the only child she'll ever have, right?
But hey, the New Jersey Supreme Court says that asking doctors to inform you, the parent, before they perform surgery on your child violates ... whose rights again? That's the kind of abortion politics that is increasingly hard for American voters to swallow.
Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.