The Reproductive Health Act (RHA) is not just about women’s health, it’s about government intrusion on parental rights. If the RHA deems access to contraception and abortion fundamental human rights it immediately places parental rights at odds with the state.
In order to access contraception and abortion one must go through the medical profession. For a minor to access the medical profession, they must go through their parents. This is the case because the immaturity of the child often prevents them from perceiving what is best for them. The parent is responsible for the life and health of their child. Therefore the parent is always involved in decisions which relate to their health and wellbeing. Making contraception and abortion a fundamental human right overrides the ability of the parent to manage and monitor the health and wellbeing of the child.
As of right now, New York State requires parental consent for something as minor as a body piercing or tattoos. In fact, even with parental consent, a minor under 18 cannot use a tanning bed at all. Under Cuomo’s radical abortion bill, a minor will be able to get a surgical procedure and carcinogenic drugs without parents even knowing. Does it make any sense for a child to be able to access life-altering medical treatments but not be able to get an artificial tan?
Why would a state government want to assume parental responsibilities for something as important as the reproductive health of the next generation? Why would any self-respecting physician even consider treating a minor without parental involvement? Most New York voters are in favor of parental notification laws. What special kind of arrogance is it that would permit a legislature to change the tradition of medicine and intrude on the responsibility of moms and dads?