Sunday, May 15, 2011

This Is Entirely Legal In California

New Zealand parents are outraged after learning some schools are helping to keep teenage girls’ abortions a secret, the Sunday Star-Times reports.

One mom is angry that her 16-year-old daughter had a secret abortion allegedly arranged by a school counselor.

"I was horrified. Horrified that she'd had to go through that on her own, and horrified her friends and counselors had felt that she shouldn't talk to us," she told the Star-Times.

The mother learned that the school counselor had taken the girl for a scan and to doctors. “I didn’t know they could do that,” she said. link

In California, we're required to let kids leave school for "medical procedures" and are not allowed to tell their parents they're leaving school. We're forbidden to give them an aspirin if they have a headache, though. And they need a parent's permission before getting a tattoo.


KauaiMark said...

...and who is legally liable if something goes wrong with the procedure?

You bet I'd be suing the person that took my kid off campus, the school, the school district.

Bet that "law" wouldn't be in place after that.

Darren said...

Sadly, I'll bet it *would* be in place afterward.

I've often wondered about the liability if, for example, the student gets killed in a car accident on the way to getting the abortion. I don't think there's anyone to sue if the kid's at fault for the accident. Gray area/limbo.

Anonymous said...

California is insane. What a freaking stupid law.