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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Study Shows Parental-Notification Laws Reduce Abortions


Laws requiring parents to be involved in their underage daughter's decision regarding abortion are effective in reducing abortions among minors, according to a study by the Family Research Council.


Data compiled from nearly all 50 states between 1985 and 1999 show that when a state enacts a parental-involvement law, the abortion rate subsequently falls by close to 14 percent.


Dr. Michael New, study author and assistant professor of political science at the University of Alabama, said about 36 states have a parental-involvement law on the books. "The overwhelming evidence in support of parental-involvement laws should be a boon to legislators everywhere," he said.


Carrie Gordon Earll, senior bioethics analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said abortion activists should take note of these statistics.


"We often hear proponents of abortion, like Planned Parenthood, saying that they just want to have fewer abortions in the country," she said. "Well, if that’s truly the case, they should get behind parental-involvement laws.”


Contact: Devon William

Source: CitizenLink

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Publish Date: September 23, 2008

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The IFRL is the largest grassroots pro-life organization in Illinois. A non-profit organization, that serves as the state coordinating body for local pro-life chapters representing thousands of Illinois citizens working to restore respect for all human life in our society. The IFRL is composed of people of different political persuasions, various faiths and diverse economic, social and ethnic backgrounds. Since 1973 the Illinois Federation for Right to Life has been working to end abortion and restore legal protection to those members of the human family who are threatened by abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. Diverse though we are, we hold one common belief - that every human being has an inalienable right to life that is precious and must be protected. IFRL is dedicated to restoring the right to life to the unborn, and protection for the disabled and the elderly.   Click here to learn more about the IFRL.