When she signed a consent form, Jill figured it meant her 15 year old could go to the Ballard Teen Health Center located inside the high school for an earache, a sports physical, even birth control, but not for help terminating a pregnancy.Ironically, giving a minor a tattoo in Washington State is a misdemeanor but giving a minor an abortion during school hours is okay? According to the news report,
"She took a pregnancy test at school at the teen health center," she said. "Nowhere in this paperwork does it mention abortion or facilitating abortion."
Jill says her daughter, a pro-life advocate, was given a pass, put in a taxi and sent off to have an abortion during school hours all without her family knowing.
T.J. Cosgrove of the King County Health Department, which administers the school-based programs for the health department, says it's always best if parents are involved in their children's health care, but don't always have a say.Clearly, someone forgot to read this mother her rights when she enrolled her daughter. So as an act of public service I will once again read parents their rights (because no one else will.)
"At any age in the state of Washington, an individual can consent to a termination of pregnancy," he said.
But Jill says she not only didn't have a say in her daughter's abortion, but also didn't know about it.
"Makes me feel like my rights were completely stripped away."
The Miranda Rights for Public School Parents
Parent or legal guardian; As you enroll your child in our government system of state indoctrination we are required to inform you of your rights...
You have the right to remain silent. Do you understand?
Everything you say and do will be ignored anyway. So don't waste your breath. Do you understand?
You have the right to an attorney. But don't waste your money either. Most judges are on our side. They know how they got elected or appointed. Do you understand?
You have no right to due process or privacy. Just bake cookies (no nuts please!) and attend the PTO meetings and we'll get along just fine. Do you understand?
You have no right to object to any material we present to your child. Everything we teach is pursuant to legitimate educational as well as health and welfare interests of the state. Do you understand?
We will use the full power of the court to establish that the interests of the state are more important than your interest as a parent. All at taxpayer expense. (That means you.) Do you understand?
We realize that it may seem awkward to give up control of your child's education. But think about how many more hours in the day you will now be free to pursue your own interests. More importantly, the state is now free teach your child exactly what he needs to do to be a good worker in the global economy. Congratulations! You have just been liberated from your primary obligation as a parent.
Go in peace.