House Bill 2605 is based on a relatively simple concept: if a minor daughter wishes to have an abortion, her parents have to be notified. From the bill's summary:
Requires person to notify parent before person performs abortion on minor or ward, with specific exceptions. Establishes administrative process for minor or ward to obtain abortion without notice to parent. Requires preservation of anonymity of minor or ward seeking abortion without notice. Establishes civil action for parent wrongfully denied notification.
Protecting a woman's right to choose is a central plank in the Democratic platform. But what about a parent's right to know? Republicans have been nipping at the edges of Roe for years (the clear purpose behind the other House-backed abortion bill passed yesterday, HB2020, which would create penalties for injuring a fetus), and this may rightly be regarded as another attempt. But do Democrats risk looking like ideologues standing between parents and 15-year-olds?
The vote went along party lines, with one Republican, Pendleton's Bob Jenson, joining the Democrats, so apparently they're not worried. The bill may not even get a hearing in the Senate. Democrats are slowly beginning to shift their stance on abortion--in part, some say, to preserve Roe. Is this one of those times when Democrats should give ground?