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Deborah Klosky’s anti-Prop 73 piece is a useful illustration of the fundamental contradictions inherent not just in those who think minors should be able to achieve abortions without parental knowledge, but in the pro-abortion movement at large.

This isn’t just a Californian issue, nor just an American one. As luck would have it, the same fight is being waged in the UK, where Manchester housewife Sue Axon is working through the courts to ensure that parents receive the same protection that Prop 73 would provide. The UK Observer provides a succinct synopsis of the core issue at hand:

When Sue Axon’s teenage daughter accidentally cut herself at school recently, the nurse would not give her a sticking plaster until telephoning her mother for consent.
In an era of litigation-happy parents, such caution is increasingly common. In very rare cases, plasters can cause an allergic reaction. But had her 13-year-old gone to nurses seeking to arrange an abortion, the legal duty of confidentiality would have ensured that her mother would never have been told.

Ear piercings. Rhinoplasties. Appendectomies. Tonsilectomies. Tympanostomy tubes. Aspirin. All these common childhood procedures or medicines require parental consent. Why is abortion different? Why does a child’s wish for an abortion supersede a parent’s very rights as such? Why do the anti-Prop 73 forces adore the right to abortion in itself, in all circumstances, to such a perverse extreme?

That — not much-protested care for errant daughters — is what’s at the core of the pro-abortion side’s motivation here. Despite the vacuous rhetoric of “safe, legal, and rare” that most “mainstream” pro-abortion advocates claim to adhere to, the truth is that they wish to maintain abortion as a privileged and unique act, divorced from the ordinary realm of medical procedures — and indeed from the ordinary rights of parenting itself. This is, of course, a contradictory stance if one accepts the general pro-abortion thesis that the unborn child does not possess humanity or personhood: in that case, abortion is assuredly an “ordinary” medical procedure that would follow ordinary medical and ethical practices with regard to parental consent.

The truth is that most pro-abortion persons implicitly recognize that abortion is far from ordinary, and the unborn child is something unique and, indeed, inherently worth preserving (although not always at the cost of thwarting the liberal god of individual will). This puts them in a tight spot where public policy is concerned — they must fight threats to the privileged position of abortion in the public square, even as they publicly endorse arguments that inherently negate that position. Given the bedrock of dishonesty upon which the post-Roe facade rests, this conundrum is almost de rigeur.

None of this is say that the likes of Klosky do not sincerely care about the hypothetical daughter who might be in a tight spot because of parental notification. But as even these persons must acknowledge, 73 contains clear escape clauses for precisely these sorts of situations — it’s hardly an absolutist, nor cruel, bit of legislation. The authors of the proposition having bent ever so much to accommodate the stated fears of the pro-abortionists, will the latter reciprocate? Will they acknowledge that parents have established rights, and that under their public logic, abortion is no nullifying exception to that?

Of course not. Abortion-as-cause is not about women any more. It’s not even about “choice.” A grim, slaughtering generation after Roe, it’s about abortion.

Election day in California is half-over, and the point will shortly be moot. But until then, if you can, if you will, vote yes on Prop 73.

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