Parental consent effort defies reason

Published: February 20, 2013
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Regarding “Panel approves abortion measures” (News, Feb. 13): Making it more difficult for a minor to obtain an abortion without parental consent defies reason. The law wouldn't affect minors who don't want abortions or those who would want to tell their parents. These measures would only affect minors who want an abortion and don't want to tell their parents. This situation is only possible when the parents obviously failed to instill their moral values in a daughter and likewise failed to provide adequate sex education.

In addition, they clearly don't have a good relationship with a daughter if she doesn't want to discuss it with them. With these factors in mind, why would the state want to involve the parents? The only possible effect of this restriction would be more unwanted babies and illegal abortions.

Victor Gorin, Oklahoma City