The Parental Consent for Abortion campaign is a partnership between Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association (SPLA) and WeNeedaLAW.ca. We have a goal to build support for a law requiring the consent of a parent or guardian when a young teenage girl requests an abortion. It is a compelling public interest to preserve the family as a viable social unit and protect the right of parents to nurture their own children. Therefore it is entirely reasonable to expect the authorities will ensure the vulnerability of minors is guarded. This is a grassroots effort intended to give residents of Saskatchewan tools to engage their friends, family, co-workers, neighbours, and most important of all - tools to engage their elected officials - as to the need for a parental consent for abortion law to be enacted their province.
April 3, 2014
Regina, SK - Support continues to grow in Saskatchewan for a law that requires parental consent for a minor to have an abortion.
“Recently I was able to speak to hundreds of people at events in Moose Jaw and Regina about the need for a parental consent law and the response was overwhelming,” said Mike Schouten, the spokesperson for the campaign. “We launched this initiative only two short months ago and residents of Saskatchewan are responding with incredible enthusiasm.”
The campaign is a grassroots effort to build support in the public for a parental consent law. Resources are available at sk.parentalconsent.ca for people of Saskatchewan to communicate with their neighbours, co-workers, family, and their elected officials.
“We know that a change in policy will only occur when there is enough support in the public,” continued Schouten. “The folks I speak with are pretty excited about the potential of their province being the first to have a parental consent law. While we are prepared for a long road, it is great to see momentum building.”
Currently there are no provinces that require parental consent for a minor to receive an abortion.
Ottawa, ON - Young girls need the protection of caring parents or guardians. Without the involvement or consent of parents, it is easier for child predators to use abortion to cover up criminal behaviour.
“Parents need to be alerted to the potential bullying and abuse their daughter may be experiencing,” said campaign spokesman Mike Schouten. “Teenage girls who obtain abortions in secret often do so at the behest of others who bully them into making decisions that they might not want to make. Because this is occurring with no knowledge of parents, it is very likely that these girls will return to the coercive partner that bullied them to abort.”
“Parental consent for abortion legislation will not prevent women from requesting and receiving an abortion. It will not stop abortion from occurring. It will not make abortion illegal,” continued Schouten.
“Rather, when drafted to withstand the test of constitutionality, a parental consent law will protect the health and welfare of minors, as well as foster family unity and protect the constitutional rights of parents to raise their children and be involved in the steps of that process. With the loving support of their parents, many young women will be able to bring their babies into the world and not face the physical risks and emotional devastation that an abortion can bring.”
March 11, 2014
Ottawa, ON - Residents of Saskatchewan are getting behind the recently launched initiative calling on their government to enact parental consent for abortion legislation.
“Through our website, sk.parentalconsent.ca and the twenty-five local groups throughout the province we are providing tools of engagement and people are responding very positively,” said spokesperson Mike Schouten.
"It has only been a month since we began this campaign on the steps of the Legislature and the first run of 15,000 postcards have been distributed and the next ones have been ordered.”
Pre-printed postcards are made available through the twenty-five local pro-life groups. Residents are encouraged to include a personal message and then send to their local Member of the Legislative Assembly.
“We are pleased with the progress thus far and anticipate the groundswell of support will grow as more people become aware that children can obtain abortions without their parents knowledge,” concluded Schouten.
Ottawa, ON - Earlier this month a public awareness campaign was launched in Regina, SK calling on the government of that province to enact parental consent for abortion legislation.
The manner in which abortion is handled in Saskatchewan, particularly pertaining to minors, sits in stark contrast to how minors are treated when it comes to other matters dealing with the body.
“Increasingly we are hearing calls for parental consent to be required for such things as tanning salons, tattoo parlours, and even body piercing,” said campaign spokesperson Mike Schouten. “But, when a young, teenage girl becomes unexpectedly pregnant, and is uncertain about what to do, she can request and receive an abortion without any knowledge of her parents.”
Currently in Canada parental consent for abortion is not required in any province.
“We are out of step with most countries when it comes to parental consent,” said Schouten. “Most health jurisdictions around the world have legislation that protects the vulnerability of minors by enacting parental consent for abortion legislation, including 39 of the 50 states just south of us.”
Polls consistently show that a majority of Canadians support parental consent laws for women under the age of 18. Unfortunately, abortion providers have exploited the fact that there are no such laws. For example, Planned Parenthood Regina assists teens by advising them that they do not need their parents consent.
“Saskatchewan parents, as well as lawmakers, should be very disturbed by the fact that not only can their teenage daughters request and receive an abortion without their knowledge, they are also encouraged to keep it a secret from the family doctor,” continued Schouten.
Young girls need the protection of caring parents or guardians. Melissa E., who spoke on the steps of the Saskatchewan Legislative Buildings at the launch of the campaign, said, “When I became pregnant in Gr. 12, I foolishly thought that my boyfriend and I could deal with our unplanned pregnancy on our own, without any support from our parents. And after learning from my family doctor that I could have an abortion without parental consent, I decided on that outcome.” Melissa concluded her remarks by saying, “So please let us be parents to our teenagers in the fullest sense of the word. Let us guide, help, and advise our pregnant teens and in the event that an abortion actually does occur, let us be a shoulder to cry on. Allow the law to be on the side of families. Some of us are pro-choice, some of us are pro-life, but what matters is that we are all pro-family.” A video of Melissa’s speech can be viewed on YouTube.
Parental consent for abortion legislation will protect the health and welfare of young teenage girls. It will foster family unity and preserve the constitutional rights of parents to raise their children and be involved in all the steps of that process.
Schouten concluded by saying, “Through the website, sk.parentalconsent.ca we will inform and give residents of Saskatchewan tools to engage their friends, family, co-workers, neighbours, and most important of all - tools to engage their elected officials - as to the need for a parental consent for abortion law to be enacted in the province of Saskatchewan.”