Sunday, October 03, 2004

President Bush, John Kerry Differ on Parental Notification for Abortion

Washington, DC ( -- President Bush and Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry couldn't disagree more about the issue of abortion. Both candidates also recently told the Associated Press they have divergent views on the issue of notifying parents when their teenage daughters are considering an abortion. "I believe parents should have the right to be involved in any major medical decision affecting their minor daughter," President Bush said in response to the AP question on parental notification. "When young girls who are still legally minors find themselves in difficult situations regarding pregnancy, they may be easily influenced into making harmful and even dangerous choices," the president explained. "We need to protect the health and safety of our young women by ensuring that they have appropriate guidance from responsible adults." Kerry didn't directly answer the question, but said, "Like any parent, I believe that parents should be fully involved in all decisions regarding their child."


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