When was it that the government took away our right as a parents to raise, protect and advise our children regarding their health and welfare?
As I collected signatures for the Parent Notification Act petition, I was able to talk to many people about this law. Most are shocked that abortion on a minor is even possible without parent notification and I was shocked that most parents didn't even know this was possible.
A child can't even take an aspirin at school without parent notification, but anyone - I do mean anyone: A sexual predator, a disgruntled boyfriend's mom or an abortion marketer - can take a minor to an abortionist and have a medical procedure done without notifying the parents.
How can this possibly make sense?
In other states where this law has passed, abortion rates are down, sexually transmitted disease infections are down and abstinence has increased. Just these statistics alone are proof this is a good law.
There is a real problem about allowing our minor daughters to be counseled regarding their unplanned pregnancy by someone who has a financial interest in the outcome. The truth is that abortion is a multi-million dollar industry. Of course, passing this law is bad for them and their interest only.
Understand this: If a minor has an abortion procedure and there are complications, and she went to the doctor for help, the doctor would not be able to care for her without her parents being notified. Common sense tells us that there is something wrong with this.
Some say this law is for the protection of the teens. That is why, for the less than 1 percent of minors who fear abuse, protection is included in this law. As a parent, I am the protection for my teen.
Counselors, parents and doctors who care for the young woman after the damage of an abortion know that voting against the Parent Notification Act is only protecting the abortionist and his pocketbook.
Parents, it is time that your voice is heard. It is time that our right to protect our children is respected and if that means a law must be passed to defend that right, then let us rise up and fight for our right as parents.
Voting for Proposition 73 takes the power away from the government, the abortionist and the predator and others who are making biased decisions regarding our children's lives.
There are those who are just waiting to steal the hearts and souls of our children, not to mention the lives of our grandchildren.
On Nov. 8, as parents, we can stop this.
Rita Williams is executive director of the Pregnancy Resource Center of Lodi.