Legal Groups File Amicus Briefs in Support of Abortion Parental Notification Law

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:05pm EDT

(CNSNews.com) - Two legal groups filed amicus briefs Monday in the U.S. Supreme court case on the parental involvement laws regarding abortion.

The Liberty Counsel and the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) are both asking the court to overturn an appeals court decision in Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, declaring a New Hampshire law that requires parental notification prior to an abortion performed on a minor unconstitutional.

"Laws like this are extremely important for protecting vulnerable children against coercion, deception, and the damaging emotional and physical consequences of abortion," said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of ACLJ, in a statement.

"The states must be able to step in and protect children - through the involvement of their parents - from shady abortion practices, from overbearing and pushy boyfriends, counselors, and employers, and from a major medical procedure t hat can significantly compromise the health and well-being of their children," said Sekulow.

"The Supreme Court has created exceptions to general rules of law when it comes to abortion. The mangled mess is often referred to as the 'abortion distortion.' It is time the Supreme Court articulates a clear rule of law, one that is guided by principal and supported by the Constitution," said Mathew Staver, president and general counsel of Liberty Counsel, in a statement.

"We have always presumed that parents act in the best interest of their children. If parental consent is required before a doctor can treat a child for a minor cold, then certainly parental involvement is necessary when their minor daughter considers abortion," said Staver.

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