According to U.S. News & World Report, 36 states require some degree of parental involvement for minors considering abortions, and three states require minors to obtain consent from both parents before undergoing the procedure.
And according to a recent report commissioned by the conservative evangelical group Family Research Council, abortion rates drop by an average of 13.6 percent in states that have enacted laws requiring minors to notify their parents or obtain parental consent before having an abortion.
In a statement to mark the 35th anniversary of Roe v Wade, Barack Obama said, "Throughout my career, I've been a consistent and strong supporter of reproductive justice, and have consistently had a 100 percent pro-choice rating with Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America. When South Dakota passed a law banning all abortions in a direct effort to have Roe overruled, I was the only candidate for president to raise money to help the citizens of South Dakota repeal that law."
I suppose I'll never get used to the idea of politicians pandering for votes by advocating the death of the unborn. But more than that, whenever it comes up during elections, I still marvel when I hear pro-abortion spokespersons speak with such confidence of the rightness of their cause.