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Guest Post: Otter Signs Parental Consent Bill

March 27th, 2007 by Halli

From Idaho Chooses Life

Idaho Governor Butch Otter today signed SB1082 – legislation to restore a Parental Consent Law for teenage girls to get an abortion.

“This is a tremendous victory for the families of Idaho. We fully expect this law to go unchallenged in court,” said David Ripley of Idaho Chooses Life. “With the bill’s emergency clause, this law is now in effect. Hopefully the days are past when Planned Parenthood and others can prey upon Idaho’s daughters.”

Idaho Chooses Life has been involved in the fight to secure a Parental Consent Law for the past ten years.

“Today’s victory is the result of many fine people over a very long time,” Ripley added. “We wish to thank Rep. Tom Loertscher and Sen. Russ Fulcher – who championed this year’s effort. But we look back on the many heroes of this battle, particularly the sacrifices of Rep. Bill Sali, going back to the 1998 session of the Idaho Legislature.”

Ripley also singled out the office of Attorney General Lawrence Wasden for their many hours of labor in reviewing the legislation.

Idaho has been without a Parental Consent Law since 2005, when federal District Court Judge Lynn Winmill enjoined Idaho from enforcing the law because of his concerns over the notification of parents in the event an abortionist performed an emergency abortion on their child.

As a result, teenage abortions have been on the rise in recent years.

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