Senate Bill 5320 requiring parental notification when a minor is seeking an abortion is being heard in the Senate Law & Justice Committee this Thursday at 10 AM.
Please take the time to learn about this important bill and issue, then call the members of the Law & Justice Committee urging them to pass it out of committee and onto the floor for a full Senate vote. If you can be in Olympia on Thursday to testify or just show your support for this important pro-life and pro-family bill that would be great as well.
The American College of Pediatricians writes strongly in favor of parental notification:
>There is professional consensus that adolescents have a real need for adult guidance, ideally that of their parents, in decision-making.
> For purposes of consent… abortion should be treated as any other medical or surgical procedure.
> When caring parents are involved in their teen’s pregnancy, they can help their daughter think about her pregnancy and consider her options.
>Parental involvement encourages the correct view of family.
>Parental notification prior to an adolescent’s abortion provides increased protection against sexual exploitation of minors by adult men.
>Read the entire white paper here.
Call each member of the committee urging them to pass SB 5320 out of committee:
|Padden, Mike (R)
|106 Irv Newhouse Building||(360) 786-7606|
|O’Ban, Steve (R)
|102 Irv Newhouse Building||(360) 786-7654|
|Pedersen, Jamie (D)
Ranking Minority Member
|235 John A. Cherberg Building||(360) 786-7628|
|Angel, Jan (R)||203 Irv Newhouse Building||(360) 786-7650|
|Darneille, Jeannie (D)||237 John A. Cherberg Building||(360) 786-7652|
|Frockt, David (D)||227 John A. Cherberg Building||(360) 786-7690|
|Wilson, Lynda (R)||110 Irv Newhouse Building||(360) 786-7632|
Email each committee member directly urging them to pass SB 5320 out of Committee:
|Chairman Mike Padden||Mike.Padden@leg.wa.gov|
|Vice-Chair Steve O’Ban||Steve.OBan@leg.wa.gov|
|Ranking Minor Member Jamie Pedersen||Jamie.Pedersen@leg.wa.gov|