EDITORIAL: Choice belongs to mother

You’re a 16-year-old girl. A few weeks after being raped by your father, you find out that you’re pregnant.

Biology tells us that children of incest run an extremely high risk of being physically deformed or severely mentally handicapped. Your young age puts you at a risk for complications in childbirth. Let’s not forget you were raped.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments this week dealing with a New Hampshire law that would require the parents of minors to be notified 48 hours before their daughter’s abortion.

It may sound like a good idea for parents to know if their children are being sexually irresponsible and undergoing such a surgery, but what about the thousands of exceptions? The law currently only makes exceptions for those who would die as a result of giving birth.

What about the 16-year-old girl who was raped? What would her father do if he was notified his daughter was pregnant?

Parents may not share the same views on abortion as their children and now have the option to physically prevent them from getting the procedure.

Culturally, it may not be acceptable for a girl to have sex before marriage. Such a notification could cause thousands of young girls to be disowned by their families.

And let’s not forget that desperate times call for desperate measures. The fact that abortions will no longer be confidential will surely cause minors to seek back-alley abortionists or cause them to harm themselves.

Americans must realize that people do, and will always, get abortions, no matter what hoops they have to go through. The decision to have a child must rest solely in the one whose body will take a toll from the birth, whether she’s 35 or 14.

The above editorial is the opinion of two members of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board.