Parental Consent

Did you know that, in Saskatchewan, young teenage girls can have an abortion without their parent’s consent or knowledge?

The bizarre part of all this, is that a teenaged girl needs her parents permission to get a body piercing, a tattoo or use a tanning bed (as regulated by the industry).  Why would they not need a parent’s permission to get an abortion, which is a very serious medical procedure?

Sask. Pro-Life (and We Need A Law) have initiated a campaign asking Legislators to enact a Parental Consent law to protect young girls and their families and to give the parents the right and responsibility of their child’s decisions..
(We Need A Law is a Canadian lobbying group that was formed to encourage our governments to establish laws of some sort to deal with abortion since now, in Canada, there a NO laws and a baby can get aborted at ANY time, even up to birth)
 
FRESH OFF THE PRESS (24/06/15):
The  new Position Paper (open and download here) demonstrates a parental consent law for abortion is completely compatible with the concept of “mature minor” as well as current medical ethical guidelines and policies.  The Parental Consent Position Paper clearly describes the SPLA position, as developed by WeNeedALaw.
 
We have petitions to sign – that will only take 50 seconds of your time. The petition requires you to PRINT your full name, put in your address and phone number clearly written by persons of any age who can sign legibly - please be sure to sign the petition.
  1. Three-click lobby will be effective with a little help from you. http://sk.parentalconsent.ca
        * Go to the site and send the letter to your MLA with just 3 clicks. It will take less than 1 minute.
        * Like and Share the site on Facebook
        * Re-tweet the site
        * Publish the three-click lobby in all your emails / bulletins / mail-outs.

  2.  The postcards and leaflets have 3 themes:
        * parental consent laws to help protect children from sexual predators
        * parental consent is required to enter a tanning salon but not an abortion clinic
        * teens are more likely to suffer emotional and psychological trauma after an abortion.
    Each citizen is asked to sign all three postcards and mail to their MLA’s.


Feel free to write letters to your MLA or your local paper in support of our work.

* Keep the message short

* Keep on the topic of parental consent

* Share your well-written letters with all of us.

*Excellent hints at how to write well-written letters can be found here.

Read on for MORE Actions.

Nov
27
2015

Many questions have been presented regarding the Parental Consent initiative.  As a result, some confusion exists because the questions are not being asked of the right people who have the correct information.  Download the .pdf Questions and Answers regarding Parental Consent and be informed.

Here is a new/revised question posted on November 26, 2015:

As the parental consent for abortion campaign gains momentum there are questions that arise from time to time. Recently we received the following question: 

“How can we enact the legislation that would enable parents to stop their daughters from having an abortion, without risking that parents would force their prolife daughters to have an abortion against their will?”

The question is a good one and it is important that we ensure any legislation we advocate for would not expand the evil of abortion. We are confident that if Saskatchewan passed a parental consent for abortion law it would be more difficult for parents to force their children to have an abortion. 

The reason we believe this is because currently, without any laws regulating abortion - especially regarding minors - parents are already able to force their daughters into having an abortion. The draft parental consent law we are working with has an entire section dedicated to prohibiting coercion. Allow me to quote it in full:

"A parent, guardian or any other person shall not coerce a pregnant woman to have an abortion performed. If a pregnant woman is denied financial support by the pregnant woman's parents or legal guardian due to the pregnant woman's refusal to have an abortion performed, the pregnant woman shall be deem emancipated for the purposes of eligibility for the public-assistance benefits, except that such benefits may not be used to obtain an abortion."

A parental consent law, as we are proposing, would actually make it more difficult for parents to force their daughter to have an abortion. To be clear, the status quo already allows parents to force their daughters to have an abortion. A parental consent law does not increase the legality of this but rather decreases it by adding coercion protection. 

Further to this, we are also excited about the possibility of parental consent legislation because it will save the lives of pre-born children. When we observe what has occurred in other jurisdictions that have passed this law we see that the number of abortions among minors has decreased substantially. For example, in Texas the rates dropped up to 20% in the years following the enactment of a parental consent law in that state. 

We learn from the Scriptures that the role of politics is to restrict evil. The reality is that a parental consent law will not eradicate abortion among minors in Saskatchewan. That said, if such a bill were proposed in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan it would offer regulations on abortion and clearly take us in a direction towards limiting evil, and away from its expansion. As we often say, progressive improvement is better than deferred protection.

Mike Schouten

November 26, 2015

May
11
2015

The Honourable Dustin Duncan has made it clear that he doesn't think parents should be involved or aware in any way if their daughter decides to have an abortion.  He views abortion as a necessary medical intervention (see this Star Phoenix article) and believes parents should be left in the dark.  He is satisfied with leaving it up to the Saskatchewan Medical Association to decide if a minor is mature enough to decide to abort their baby.  He states the government has no plans to make any changes.

Please write to the Honourable Dustin Duncan.  Tell him you disagree with this position.  Be respectful and it is usually best to write a personal e-mail or letter but, if you want to print out this sample letter or use some of its content to write our own, please do so.

His e-mail is:

dduncan.mla@accesscomm.ca

May
08
2015

The following are links to the coverage that was received on May 7th, regarding the presentation of our Parental Consent petition to the Legislature by Yorkton MLA Greg Ottenbreit.

 

  • CBC (although focused on a negative twist, this was great coverage, which helps to make waves, which helps people to be informed...)
  • CTV Regina (again, focused on NDP criticizing Mr Ottenbreit)
  • Global News - good for Yorkton MLA Greg Ottenbreit for being identified as a member of the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association - THAT is the kind of courage we need from our MLAs.
  • Regina Leader Post - This story tells us we have to work HARDER at petitioning and lobbying Minister Dustin Duncan because the Leader Post reports the petition "has no impact anyway" because the Minister will not make any changes to abortion laws in Saskatchewan.
Apr
01
2015

Many people have asked us if we have any brochures explaining and promoting the Parental Consent initiative.

Yes we have.  You can either download this brochure and arrange to print your own (remember it is a Z-Fold) or you can write spla@sasktel.net and ask to have us send you some.  

Download and share this brochure with anyone you like.

Jun
23
2014

Several people have told us that they can't support the Parental Consent legislation because it gives the impression that by doing so, we support abortion. This far from being the case.  Right now, there are NO laws controlling, restricting or guiding abortion.  We strongly feel that if we can start with a first small step of making it a law that before a young lady gets an abortion, that she would have to seek her parents' permission.  Right now, she does NOT need her parents' permission, she can go and get this extremely invasive procedure done without even her GP knowing about it, let alone her parents.  If the Parental Consent legislation were in place, she would need her parents' permission.  It DOES NOT mean that the parent has to agree to her having an abortion.  In fact, we would venture to say that several would say NO and would provide the young girl with the supports and guidance she needs to bring the baby to full term and then either help in raising the baby or putting the baby up for adoption.  This would obviously save the life of a little baby who would otherwise have beenaborted.

Here is a YouTube video and great explaination as to why the Priests for Life support this type of incremental legislation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoQQj9liZSY

May
30
2014

PARENTAL CONSENT FOR ABORTION UPDATE by Colette Stang

NEXT STEP: TELEPHONE CAMPAIGN: Please help us out with the TELEPHONE CAMPAIGN. Packages containing INSTRUCTIONS and a SCRIPT have been sent to every pro life group in Saskatchewan. If you are willing to call your MLA’s office please contact your local pro life group, Marcy Millette or me. 

The Saskatchewan Pro Life Association Inc. (SPLA) and the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) continue to work towards the goal of a parental consent for abortion act in Saskatchewan.

Canadian Provinces have no parental consent for abortion legislation to protect the vulnerability of minors. While provincial governments place a high value on strong families, an honest concern for the well-being of minors, and healthy respect for parent’s rights, they have yet to implement parental consent laws concerning minors requesting and receiving an abortion. 

Let us continue working together on a PARENTAL CONSENT FOR ABORTION ACT in our great province of Saskatchewan. If you have already participated in the Parental Consent Campaign (PCC).THANK YOU! 

Take note that there is now a printable form letter which you can find on www.sk.parentalconsent.ca to mail to your MLA’s.

Summer is quickly approaching and we do need to take a break to spend time with family and friends. I encourage you to keep working on the PCC in June, take time to enjoy your summer and we will resume our PCC efforts in September!

Check list of how YOU can HELP!

___Check out the www.sk.parentalconsent.ca website and Facebook page.

___Print the petition from the website, sign and get others to sign.

___Take or mail petitions to your MLA’s office & mail photocopies to the SPLA office.

___Sign the 3 PCC postcards and mail to your MLA, Health Minister, Premier (repeat)

___Send your MLA an email from www.sk.parentalconsent.ca website (repeat often)

___LIKE the PCC website and postings on the website and PCC facebook page.

___Print the form letter from the PCC website and mail to your MLA, etc.(need postage)

___Insert PCC flyers in your church bulletins, newsletters and newspapers.

___Buy a Saskatchewan Pro-Life Membership- the numbers back up the PCC.

___Join the PCC Telephone Campaign- your call has the greatest impact on the MLA’s.

If you require info on the Telephone Campaign, help using the website, need postcards, business cards, or mail/bulletin flyers please contact us.

Colette Stang:SPLA President: Home: 306-753-2647 Cell: 306-753-9798

Marcy Millette:SPLA Past President Home: 306-862-2338

Lorraine Entwistle:SPLA Office Manager: 306-352-3480 . Mailing address: SPLA

Box 27093, Avonhurst RPO Regina SK S4R 8R8

 

May
01
2014

Immediate Action Required

  1. Print out the petition from: http://sk.parentalconsent.ca/take-action/petitions
    Instructions are on that page. (ie: all ages can sign / use clear black pens / signatures must accompany addresses / photocopy and send originals to your MLA)
    Photocopy all petitions FIRST.
    SPLA will gather the photocopies and keep tabs on how many signed the petition to enact PARENTAL CONSENT LEGISLATION.
    After you have handed over the original copies to your MLA, let SPLA know what you have done by mailing the photocopies to:
    SPLA Box 27093 Avonhurst RPO, Regina, SK S4R 8R8.

  2. Contact your local SPLA Representative to obtain copies of Postcards, leaflets, business cards and CLN magazines.
    These items will need to be promoted at your local clubs / churches / schools – wherever people care about healthy families. Reply to this email for contact information.

  3. Three-click lobby will be effective with a little help from you. http://sk.parentalconsent.ca
        * Go to the site and send the letter to your MLA with just 3 clicks. It will take less than 1 minute.
        * Like and Share the site on Facebook
        * Re-tweet the site
        * Publish the three-click lobby in all your emails / bulletins / mail-outs.

  4.  The postcards and leaflets have 3 themes:
        * parental consent laws to help protect children from sexual predators
        * parental consent is required to enter a tanning salon but not an abortion clinic
        * teens are more likely to suffer emotional and psychological trauma after an abortion.
    Each citizen is asked to sign all three postcards and mail to their MLA’s.

 
Feel free to write letters to your MLA or your local paper in support of our work.
* Keep the message short
* Keep on the topic of parental consent
* Share your well-written letters with all of us.

Mar
20
2014

Dangerous Secrets

PRESS RELEASE: Ottawa, ON –“ In February a public awareness campaign was launched in Regina, SK calling on the government of that province to enact parental consent for abortion legislation.

The manner in which abortion is handled in Saskatchewan, particularly pertaining to minors, sits in stark contrast to how minors are treated when it comes to other matters dealing with the body.

“Increasingly we are hearing calls for parental consent to be required for such things as tanning salons, tattoo parlours, and even body piercing,” said campaign spokesperson Mike Schouten. “But, when a young, teenage girl becomes unexpectedly pregnant, and is uncertain about what to do, she can request and receive an abortion without any knowledge of her parents.”

Currently in Canada parental consent for abortion is not required in any province.

“We are out of step with most countries when it comes to parental consent,” said Schouten. “Most health jurisdictions around the world have legislation that protects the vulnerability of minors by enacting parental consent for abortion legislation, including 39 of the 50 states just south of us.”

Polls consistently show that a majority of Canadians support parental consent laws for women under the age of 18. Unfortunately, abortion providers have exploited the fact that there are no such laws. For example, Planned Parenthood Regina assists teens by advising them that they do not need their parents consent.

“Saskatchewan parents, as well as lawmakers, should be very disturbed by the fact that not only can their teenage daughters request and receive an abortion without their knowledge, they are also encouraged to keep it a secret from the family doctor,” continued Schouten.”
 
When you see the postcards for PARENTAL CONSENT SK in the foyer, they are there to give you the opportunity to notify the government of Saskatchewan that you wish to have a law in place to protect minors and to make sure parents are not kept powerless where the welfare of their children is concerned.

Mar
07
2014

Simply copy and paste the following in your bulletin or newsletter (delete whatever you don't want):


Did you know, that, in this province, young teenage girls can have an abortion without their parent’s consent or knowledge?
 
Sask. Pro-Life and We Need A Law have initiated a campaign asking Legislators to enact a Parental Consent law to protect young girls and their families.

(We Need A Law is a Canadian lobbying group, working at establishing ANY laws that would deal with abortions - did you know that in Canada it is legal to abort a child at any time, up to birth?)
 
We have petitions to sign – that will only take 50 seconds of your time.  
The petition requires PRINTED full name,  address and phone number clearly written by any aged person who can sign legibly, and a signature.
Blank copies of this petition could also be taken home to fill with signatures of family or friends. All petitions need to be returned to us or mailed to the SPLA office in Regina. 
 
We are also asking that you share our website on facebook and other media. The website is www.sk.parentalconsent.ca and there you will find the 3–click lobby to send a letter to your Member of the Legislative Assembly.  It is a simple and an effective way to have your voice heard.

Also, we have postcards available for you to send your MLA.  The postcards are another effective lobbying tool. Just add the name of your MLA, put on your return address, postage stamp and sign.   We encourage you to BOMBARD your MLAs with whatever means available to you.

Let us all work together for stronger, happier families.
Thank you,

Mar
07
2014
The following is a sample of a brief presentation that you can use to introduce the Parental Consent initiative to your church.
 
 This is only a suggested script for your use if you are to make a group or church presentation:
 
Good morning!
Thank you (pastor, father...) for the opportunity to speak to you on behalf of Saskatchewan Pro-Life.
 
Did you know that, in Saskatchewan, young teenage girls can have an abortion without their parent’s consent or knowledge?
The bizarre part of all this, is that a teenaged girl needs her parents permission to get a body piercing, a tattoo or use a tanning bed.  Why would they not need a parent’s permission to get an abortion, which is a very serious medical procedure?

Sask. Pro-Life (and We Need A Law) have initiated a campaign asking Legislators to enact a Parental Consent law to protect young girls and their families and to give the parents the right and responsibility of their child’s decisions..
(We Need A Law is a Canadian lobbying group that was formed to encourage our governments to establish laws of some sort to deal with abortion since now, in Canada, there a NO laws and a baby can get aborted at ANY time, even up to birth)
 
We have petitions to sign – that will only take 50 seconds of your time. The petition requires you to PRINT your full name, put in your address and phone number clearly written by persons of any age who can sign legibly - please be sure to sign the petition.
 
I will read the petition to you so that it saves you time after and you won't have to read the whole thing - it is short...
 
READ THE PETITION
 
Blank copies of this petition could also be taken home to fill with signatures of family or friends. All petitions need to be returned to (the local office or back at church) or mailed to the SPLA office in Regina.  We would like to keep a copy before they are presented to the MLA's
 
We are also asking that you share our website on facebook and other media. The website is www.sk.parentalconsent.ca and there you will find the 3–click lobby to send a letter to your Member of the Legislative Assembly. It is simple, easy and an effective way to have your voice heard.  Also, we have postcards available for you to send your MLA.  The postcards are another effective lobbying tool. Just add the name of your MLA, put on your return address, postage stamp and sign.   We encourage you to BOMBARD your MLAs with whatever means available to you.
 
Let us all work together for stronger, happier families.
Thank you,
Feb
26
2014

26/02/2014 - Protecting vulnerable minors

For Immediate Release

SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH OF GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN FOR NEW LEGISLATION REGARDING TEEN ABORTION

SASKATCHEWAN NEEDS PARENTAL CONSENT FOR ABORTION LEGISLATION
February 26, 2014

Ottawa, ON - Earlier this month a public awareness campaign was launched in Regina, SK calling on the government of that province to enact parental consent for abortion legislation.

The manner in which abortion is handled in Saskatchewan, particularly pertaining to minors, sits in stark contrast to how minors are treated when it comes to other matters dealing with the body.

“Increasingly we are hearing calls for parental consent to be required for such things as tanning salons, tattoo parlours, and even body piercing,” said campaign spokesperson Mike Schouten. “But, when a young, teenage girl becomes unexpectedly pregnant, and is uncertain about what to do, she can request and receive an abortion without any knowledge of her parents.”

Currently in Canada parental consent for abortion is not required in any province.

“We are out of step with most countries when it comes to parental consent,” said Schouten. “Most health jurisdictions around the world have legislation that protects the vulnerability of minors by enacting parental consent for abortion legislation, including 39 of the 50 states just south of us.”

Polls consistently show that a majority of Canadians support parental consent laws for women under the age of 18. Unfortunately, abortion providers have exploited the fact that there are no such laws. For example, Planned Parenthood Regina assists teens by advising them that they do not need their parents consent.

“Saskatchewan parents, as well as lawmakers, should be very disturbed by the fact that not only can their teenage daughters request and receive an abortion without their knowledge, they are also encouraged to keep it a secret from the family doctor,” continued Schouten.

Young girls need the protection of caring parents or guardians. Melissa E., who spoke on the steps of the Saskatchewan Legislative Buildings at the launch of the campaign, said, “When I became pregnant in Gr. 12, I foolishly thought that my boyfriend and I could deal with our unplanned pregnancy on our own, without any support from our parents.  And after learning from my family doctor that I could have an abortion without parental consent, I decided on that outcome.” Melissa concluded her remarks by saying, “So please let us be parents to our teenagers in the fullest sense of the word. Let us guide, help, and advise our pregnant teens and in the event that an abortion actually does occur, let us be a shoulder to cry on. Allow the law to be on the side of families. Some of us are pro-choice, some of us are pro-life, but what matters is that we are all pro-family.” A video of Melissa’s speech can be viewed on YouTube.

Parental consent for abortion legislation will protect the health and welfare of young teenage girls. It will foster family unity and preserve the constitutional rights of parents to raise their children and be involved in all the steps of that process.

Schouten concluded by saying, “Through the website, sk.parentalconsent.ca we will inform and give residents of Saskatchewan tools to engage their friends, family, co-workers, neighbours, and most important of all - tools to engage their elected officials - as to the need for a parental consent for abortion law to be enacted in the province of Saskatchewan.”