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Parental consent for TSA pat-downs, but not for abortions

posted at 2:13 pm on April 19, 2011 by

Outrage over the video posted on YouTube of a six-year old girl being “patted down” by a TSA employee triggered this potential change to TSA procedures:

In response to a YouTube video of a 6-year-old girl receiving a pat-down from a Transportation Security Administration officer, Congressman Jason Chaffetz is drafting legislation that will require parental supervision during the pat-down of a child.

“They claim there is a modified pat-down for 12-year-olds and younger, but when you see those videos, you realize that just isn’t true,” Chaffetz said.

The proposed legislation would require that a parent must give their consent before a child receives a pat-down, and that the child must remain with the parent while the pat-down is performed.  emphasis mine

While the outrage continues over the pat-downs of minor Americans for “security” purposes, what is ironic about this new concern is that the parental consent/notification issues are completely dismissed and ignored when dealing with abortions.  Most recently, LifeNews reported that a 16-year old girl was sent to the hospital after a botched abortion at a Planned Parenthood facility in Everett, Washington:

The Planned Parenthood caller, in the 911 phone transcript, says, “We have a patient bleeding. She’s 16. We just did an abortion on her.”

Hubert is very concerned about the impact this revelation has on concerns about young girls getting abortions without any parental involvement.

“This is extremely important because of a massive loophole in Washington state law which means that a minor of any age who is pregnant may get an abortion without any parental or adult protections or involvement. It could be your daughter,” he explained. “There is no need for anyone to be there with a girl while an intimidating adult at Planned Parenthood bullies them, lies to them, and manipulates them into getting an abortion that will kill their baby and, as we see here, put them in hospital, possibly rendering them permanently infertile.”

It is important to note that Planned Parenthood has not come forward to say that the girl was escorted by anyone and has not been cooperative in providing that information.

The point here is to question whether Americans have become so desensitized to girls having abortions that we direct our outrage at other more “fresh” instances–like the TSA pat-downs?  Would these same people be just as outraged if a 12- or 13-year old girl had abortion without parental consent?  Planned Parenthood has been under fire for some time, but the laws in place protect their business under the guise of health care and choice.  We all know that.  But, when do parents stand up in the states that have no laws on the books for parental consent/notification and say enough with this ruse.  Or, are they only to foot the ambulance and hospital bill after the fact?

States with no parental consent or notification laws include:  CA, CT, IL, ME, MT, NH, NJ, NY, OR, VT, WA, and Washington DC. While I am not suggesting legislation at the federal level (I’m all about states’ rights) but, it is disturbing that so much emphasis is placed on the TSA (and rightly so), and the issue of minor girls having abortions and their parents’ right to know are repeatedly ignored and challenged.

Crossposted at TMR

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Ah, good ole Washington state. A state in which abortion on demand was legal prior to Roe v. Wade, and where even now you can get the school to pay for your non-parental-notification abortion for ya. Good times.

RachDubya on April 19, 2011 at 6:18 PM

The school nurse can’t give out an aspirin, but PP murdering an unborn child is approved.

Kissmygrits on April 19, 2011 at 6:49 PM

And just what happens when a parent refuses to give consent to have his or her child patted down by the unionized molesters at TSA? I’m thinking a lengthy stay in jail and a long battle to regain custody of your kids at a minimum.

Gator Country on April 19, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Whether we choose to believe it or not, the TSA is inserting itself between the citizenry and states rights. The TSA is the Federal government and at every municipal or regional or international airport, you must oblige their intrusive presence. How else can you be detained or arrested on Federal suspicions or charges in a local venue for expressing dissent?

The TSA must believe that a child is not a life before age 12 and therefore, their inappropriate patting down cannot possibly scar a child for life about what kind of patting down is good and what is perverse. For a child of age 6, how easy will it be for some pervert to roam playgrounds, after a visit to the airport and a parentally consented pat down occurs, looking to play TSA pat down for himself with the obliging child?

ericdijon on April 22, 2011 at 9:01 PM