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McElrath to Address Women's Committee

On January 10, at noon, Ah Quon McElrath will address the League's Committee on Women's Health & Safety, on the topic of teens' right to choose. The meeting will take place in the League offices, and members and friends are invited.

This is how and why the meeting came to be scheduled: Last week, when Jean Aoki and I sat down to discuss the post-election local 'Choice Landscape,' we concluded it is 'mixed.' That is, in addition to those elected officials who are "pro-choice," and those who are "anti-choice," there are some "mixed" legislators who back choice for adults, but who grapple with parental consent and notification provisions that would require involving one or both parents in a minor's decision to terminate a pregnancy.

Although the U.S. Supreme Court recognized a woman's right to choose abortion in Roe v. Wade in 1973, and reaffirmed that right in June 1992 in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the Court has permitted states to dramatically restrict the ability of young women to obtain abortion services if the state could articulate a compelling state interest.

Currently we are one of six states that have no laws specifically addressing these issues. Connecticut, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington are the other five states where this is the case. Increasingly, proposals are being introduced to restrict teens' access to abortion and other reproductive health care including contraceptive devices.

Jean recalled a talk that Ah Quon McElrath gave to the League on the issue of choice and teens, saying it had made a lasting impact on her. We called Ah Quon and found her willing to discuss this again with us. She will be at the League office on January 10th at 12:00 p.m. We expect the parental consent/notification issue to surface in this year's legislative session. Let's be ready and educated.

Please do join us. Bring a brown bag lunch.

Suzanne Meisenzahl
Chair, Women's Health & Safety Committee

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