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house Bill H.R. 803

Requiring Parental Consent for a Minor to Receive an Out of State Abortion

Argument in favor

Getting an abortion is a significant decision, and minors shouldn’t be crossing state lines to get one without their parents’ consent.

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06/30/2015
Children require parental consent for plenty of other medical procedures; this should be no different.
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Mary's Opinion
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06/30/2015
Young girls should always need. Parental consent. Abortion is a very serious procedure. If there are complications, the parents need to be available to help her get the care she needs. Abortion is not as insignificant. As the pro abortion people lead young girls to believe.
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06/28/2015
Minors shouldn't be getting any medical treatment without knowledge of the parents or guardians unless there is imminent danger to their health like death. At any rate 99.99% of abortions are not emergencies. Minors should not be making medical decisions for themselves.
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Argument opposed

The government should not be preventing young women from making decisions that will impact the rest of their lives.

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06/14/2015
This sounds great until the minor has been impregnated by a parent.
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Nancy's Opinion
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07/06/2015
Sometimes a girl seeks an abortion due to rape/incest and telling her parents could put her in a dangerous situation. I would prefer to see acknowledgement of the risk to her safety/future with accommodations for this. Life is not "black and white" as some of our politicians believe.
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06/02/2015
Regardless of whether or not she is ready for this, a minor shouldn't have to be subject to her parents' thoughts on abortion, because when the child is born she will be treated like an adult. She shouldn't have to wait for the child to be born to be treated like an adult.
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    Children require parental consent for plenty of other medical procedures; this should be no different.
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    This sounds great until the minor has been impregnated by a parent.
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    Sometimes a girl seeks an abortion due to rape/incest and telling her parents could put her in a dangerous situation. I would prefer to see acknowledgement of the risk to her safety/future with accommodations for this. Life is not "black and white" as some of our politicians believe.
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    Regardless of whether or not she is ready for this, a minor shouldn't have to be subject to her parents' thoughts on abortion, because when the child is born she will be treated like an adult. She shouldn't have to wait for the child to be born to be treated like an adult.
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    Hey republicans, you know how you like to complain about too big government and overreach, impinging on private citizens' lives? Put up or shut up. Get your noses out of American women's and girls' uteruses.
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    It's important that if a girl lives in a state where she can't get an abortion at all, she be able to get it elsewhere.
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    Sometimes the minor's guardian could be the one committing the rape ending in a pregnancy. Making a minor get her guardians permission undermines her agency and can contribute to a more dangerous situation. I.e. Back alley abortions.
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    Young girls should always need. Parental consent. Abortion is a very serious procedure. If there are complications, the parents need to be available to help her get the care she needs. Abortion is not as insignificant. As the pro abortion people lead young girls to believe.
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    The government should not be involved in health decisions of anyone--female or male, citizen or noncitizen, adult or minor--unless it affects the health of the broader population. Even in that case, government needs to always defer to medical personnel who actually know what they are doing. Congressmen, Senators & bureaucrats have no business involving themselves in medical/abortion decisions of any individual citizen!
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    Women should have freedom with their own bodies...If you make abortions unlawful in states then people will go to states where its legal and if it is too difficult to seek professional help unprofessional help will arise
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    Once pregnant, it is the child that will have to deal with the result for the rest of their lives. It needs to be their decision. As a child of parental abuse, I can attest that parents don't always have the best interest of the child at heart. At the point of pregnancy it's their body and should be their decision.
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    Minors shouldn't be getting any medical treatment without knowledge of the parents or guardians unless there is imminent danger to their health like death. At any rate 99.99% of abortions are not emergencies. Minors should not be making medical decisions for themselves.
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    The bill as is written makes me feel some type of way. As someone else said, it would be difficult to obtain parental consent if the parent abused the child but at the same time it is the parents responsibility to be involved in the child's medical affairs (and often parents make choices against the child's wishes). The stigma against abortion and sex in general is such a huge issue that I can see why a young woman wouldn't approach her parents which is why there should be more legal options available (and more instate clinics) that don't endanger abortion seeking teens
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    This is a personal issue and government and especially politicians have no right to even be involved in this issue!
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    This is ridiculous. It takes away girls' reproductive rights and basically implies that girls cannot make educated and important decisions on their own.
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    Are minors allowed to receive abortions in some states but not others? If a young woman lives in a state where she cannot receive the care necessary then she should have the right to go to a state where she can receive the necessary medical services.
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    Abortion is a personal decision. Parents and the government should stay out of it.
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    The decision should belong to health care professionals and the woman carrying the fetus, no one else. There are many parents who could abuse this for ignorant reasons.
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    Hillary Clinton has expressed her opinion against requiring parental consent for this. That is very irresponsible. Promoting secret abortions isn't the way to go about this. This is a serious medical operation that should require parental consent for minors.
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    I have seen how minors have sunk into deep depression after choosing to have an abortion, parents whould be involved.
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