In Loco Parentis: School Arranges for Teenager’s Abortion During School Hours Without Notifying Parents

Ballard High School in Seattle, Washington has triggered a dispute over parental rights when it arranged for an abortion of a teenage girl during school hours without notifying her parents. While the parents signed a consent form to allow her to use the clinic, they never agreed that such trips to the nurse would include an abortion.

The school put the teenager in a taxi and arranged for the abortion at a site another location.

T.J. Cosgrove of the King County Health Department noted that “[a]t any age in the state of Washington, an individual can consent to a termination of pregnancy.”

I have long opposed such a sweeping rule and denial of parental rights. In some states a school needs parental permission to give a girl an aspirin but not an abortion. For a prior column, click here. While I support the right of a teenager to seek a court exception for parental notification, I believe parents have a right to be informed of such a procedure at a minimum.

For the full story, click here.

141 thoughts on “In Loco Parentis: School Arranges for Teenager’s Abortion During School Hours Without Notifying Parents”

  1. They also offer short term, and signed a deal with the issue” whereby some private equity horsebox insurance firms were supposed to be young and fresh. You generally can contribute pretax dollars, and the downsides of these loans will come much too quickly.

  2. It is now 14 months after I originally commented on this article written by Prof. Turley. I revise my original post below.

    Vision Statement of Ballard High School, Seattle, Washington:

    •All students will develop positive relationships with adults and students at Ballard High School through academic, extracurricular, and social opportunities.
    •All students will receive support – academic, social, cultural – in order to take on the challenges they will face, including college, career, and other endeavors.
    •All students and families will join with Ballard High School to engage as partners in supporting and strengthening the school and greater community.
    •All students will develop individual strengths, achieve academic excellence, and be recognized for their successes.

    School officials certainly must have realized that one of their students was being sent for an abortion during school hours and that the parents had not been informed. Did they seriously think this action would go unnoticed? To the contrary, I believe they sent a powerful message to parents in their community: We do not consider it our responsibility to inform you of matters concerning your child’s health and welfare while he/she is at school. But, we would appreciate your support for our programs.

  3. Byron,

    Actually my will power when it comes to sausage is limited, so most of it has long since been consumed (although I do have some antelope Breakfast sausage, which truth be told, I’d be o.k. if 1/2 the animal got made into, the other half being saved for stew).

  4. Byron,

    I’m not saying he had zero skill. In fact, his larger more industrial work does hold up better in general than some of the houses. I’m saying Wright wasn’t all his legend would suggest. Nothing more, nothing less. I’d gladly live in any of his beautiful, uncomfortable, spotty quality structures.

    I can move in tomorrow.

  5. Byron,

    Would that the conservative wingnuts were as intelligent and rational as you are! (Although if Sister Sarah tried to apply logic to her beliefs I think her head might implode from the resulting vacuum…)

  6. Slarti:

    Palin is not exactly a champion of the free market so yes I would say that the dialectic might not be exactly as they think it is or should be.

  7. Buddha:

    Go read about the Tokyo Imperial Hotel, there were a few issues but it survived an 8 + earthquake.

  8. Byron said:

    “You must have attended American Public Schools, Fyodor was not a commie.”

    Do you mean that the ‘Tea Party dialectic’ of right wingnut = good = American and anything else = bad = communist = socialist = fascist = etc. is wrong?

    I’m a proud graduate of:

    Pinecrest Elementary School
    MacDonald Middle School
    East Lansing High School (just like Nate Silver of
    Michigan State University (G0 STATE! Beat Northern Iowa!)

    and Duke University (not a public school, but I’m still proud of it – GO DEVILS! ;-))

    I’m a big fan of Frank Lloyd Wright as well (I agree Buddha – I’d live in ‘Falling Water’ any day and FLW was a strange, strange man…).

  9. Byron,

    Don’t get me wrong. I love Wright’s design work, but he was hardly a great engineer. Designer – most certainly. Architect – maybe. Engineer – eh. Many of the homes have not aged well and some, like Falling Water, had structural problems from the start. I say this and I’d gladly live in its leaky magnificence.

    He was also a strange, strange man.

  10. Slarti:

    By the way did you know he graduated as an engineer? I also love it that one of the greatest architects of the 20th century was an engineer. . . Frank Lloyd Wright.

    We are the masters of the known universe. 🙂

  11. Slarti:

    “Of course Russian lit is a reason to be rid of public schools – we wouldn’t want good Americans learning about a commie like Dostoevsky…”

    You must have attended American Public Schools, Fyodor was not a commie. 🙂

  12. Tootie said:

    “Another reason why the public schools should be gotten rid of.”

    Yes, because the idea that everyone deserves an education is so un-American…


    Of course Russian lit is a reason to be rid of public schools – we wouldn’t want good Americans learning about a commie like Dostoevsky…

  13. The necessity of education as a cornerstone of education is as unassailable by any logical argument as the value of engineering or agriculture. There is a difference between educated and indoctrinated.

  14. Tootikins,

    Russian literature is a reason to be rid of public schools?

    Why that’s just absurd.

    As absurd as a sitting Pope having aided and abetted a mass pedophile.

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