Measure 43, which would require medical personnel to notify parents within 48 hours that their unemancipated teen had sought an abortion, is being sold as a parental-notification bill.
The measure, however, doesn’t ensure sufficient protection for those young women who are pregnant through incest. Such teens would be required to appeal the parental-notification requirement to the backlogged quagmire of the Oregon Department of Human Services.
Realistically, this measure would not have a widespread impact on teens seeking abortions. It would serve to intimidate all of the physicians in Oregon who perform abortions. They would face a greater theat of lawsuits and other sanctions for providing abortions to young women who misrepresent their ages to obtain abortions.
The measure would further winnow the ranks of physicians who perform abortions, which is, we suspect, its true intent.