Sports and my thoughts

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Thoughts: This should take 2 minutes to decide

Schools can't give kids asperin with out parental permission, girls can't get their ears peirced with out permission, so why should they be able to get an abortion with out parental permission? And why is it taking the Supreme Court this long to decide if daughters need permission from the parents to have an abortion?

The Supreme Court wrestled Wednesday with how to handle a New Hampshire law that requires a parent be told before a daughter ends her pregnancy, an emotional showdown in the court's first abortion rights case in five years.

New Chief Justice John Roberts seemed sympathetic to the state, but other justices said they were troubled that the law does not make an exception for minors who have a medical emergency.

At the same time, the court did not appear satisfied with an appeals court ruling that struck down the law, one of dozens around the country that require parental involvement when a teen seeks an abortion.

Although the case does not challenge the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that said abortion is a fundamental constitutional right, the stakes are still significant and could signal where the high court is headed under Roberts and after the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Abortion was a prominent subject in Roberts' confirmation hearings and has emerged as a major issue in President Bush's nomination of appeals court Judge Samuel Alito to replace O'Connor, who has been the swing vote in support of abortion rights.

As protesters demonstrated outside, the argument inside the court was at times contentious, with justices talking over each other and over the lawyers.

This is why I hate liberals, they have no common sense. They are the first ones who would complain if my school nurse gave me some aspirin in school, but they are the first ones to complain if a parents wants their daughter to notify them before an abortion.


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