Molly Ivins on Parental Notification

 ”If you have ever talked with minor girls who apply for the court’s consent to get an abortion rather than notify their parents, you understand something of the wretched tangle of violence, incest, and physical abuse that afflicts so many families. When legislatures go about putting restrictions on abortion as though every family consisted of Ozzie and Harriet and two darling children, they add another terrible burden to lives that are already almost unbearable. You cannot save the life of an unborn child by driving its mother to suicide.”  — Molly Ivins, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1992