State Senator Sally Turner (R-Beason) issued the following statement after the Governor signed House Bill 370 into law, which officially repeals the Parental Notice of Abortion (PNA) Act of 1995:
“I am truly disappointed in the Governor’s decision to repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act.
“The PNA is a fundamental safeguard for young girls who are still developing both physically and mentally. It ensures that parents can provide their daughters with love and support during one of the most difficult times in their young lives.
“This repeal also completely contradicts how the state typically treats children and young adults, especially when it comes to their healthcare and healthcare decisions. A minor cannot receive aspirin from a school nurse without the consent of their parents. Yet, the Governor just signed a bill which will allow minors to undergo a very serious medical procedure without their parents ever knowing.
“The Governor wants to use what is happening nationally to make a case for why he signed this legislation. But in reality, what is happening on the national stage gives no justification for stripping parents of their right to protect their children.”