The mother of a Ballard High School student is fuming after the health center on campus helped facilitate her daughter’s abortion during school hours.
The mother, whom KOMO News has chosen to identify only as “Jill,” says the clinic kept the information “confidential.”
When she signed a consent form, Jill figured it meant her 15-year-old could go to the Ballard Teen Health Center located inside the high school for an earache, a sports physical, even birth control, but not for help terminating a pregnancy.
“She took a pregnancy test at school at the teen health center,” she said. “Nowhere in this paperwork does it mention abortion or facilitating abortion.”
Jill says her daughter, a pro-life advocate, was given a pass, put in a taxi and sent off to have an abortion during school hours, all without her family knowing.
The Seattle School District says it doesn’t run the health clinics at high schools. Swedish Medical Center runs the clinic at Ballard High and protects the students’ privacy.
T.J. Cosgrove of the King County Health Department, who administers the school-based programs for the health department, says it’s always best if parents are involved in their children’s health care, but don’t always have a say.
“At any age in the state of Washington, an individual can consent to a termination of pregnancy,” he said.
Washington is ranked dead last in AUL’s Life Index found in Defending Life 2010, ranked notably lower than other pro-abortion states like California and New York. This “inauspicious honor” is well-deserved. Washington does not have a parental involvement law and lacks most other common-sense protections for women and minors considering abortion including informed consent and mimimum health and safety standards for abortion clinics.
Further, via a 1991 ballot initiative, Washington was one of the first states to pass a state Freedom of Choice Act which provides that “every individual possesses a fundamental right to privacy with respect to personal reproductive decisions.” The term “individual” can be reasonably be interpreted to include minors, not just adults. The Washington FOCA also elevates abortion to a “fundamental right” (akin to the right to vote and the right to free speech), going further than U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence in defining the “right” to an abortion. Under Washington’s FOCA, common-sense regulation of abortion is impermissible. Conversely, it is apparently perfectly legal for a school to facilitiate a student’s clandestine abortion during school hours and never tell the parents what has occurred.
For more information about Washington’s failure to protect women and minors from the negative impact of abortion and to see how your state ranks, you can buy a copy of Defending Life 2010 at the link below:
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