By J. C. Willke, MDExcerpt from the article:
The Court has said that public institutions can teach children informed choice on this issue, i.e., both sides, and that the primary purpose of this teaching can be to persuade the woman to choose childbirth over abortion. The Court has said that minors are not prepared sufficiently to make a choice on abortion. It has spoken about the welfare of young citizens "whose immaturity, inexperience and lack of judgment may impair their ability to exercise their rights wisely." This relates to a womans choice in getting an abortion and the states responsibility to be sure she knows both sides of this story, but it clearly now also relates to what a public school can and should do on the issue of abortion.
The Court did reiterate that the woman has the ultimate say, but it went on to rule that hers was not the only say. The Court called it an "overstatement" to declare that the woman could choose, without any interference from the state. The same is true in a public school. The Court has said that the state has a legitimate "interest from the outset of the pregnancy in protecting both the health of the woman and the life of the fetus that may become a child." It said "these principles do not contradict each other, and we adhere to each." Sounds to this writer like the Court has said, "Why dont we love them both"?Click here to read complete article