Originally created 10/16/00

Parental notification



South Carolina's Attorney General Charlie Condon got it right last week in stating that the state's parental notification law must be followed before teen-agers can be given the RU-486 abortion pill by a doctor.

Other states with parental notification laws are sure to follow both South Carolina and Virginia in clarifying for doctors that abortion with a pill is not handled differently than surgical abortion when it comes to notifying parents of teen-age girls.

The RU-486 procedure involves three trips to the doctor, cramping, bleeding and miscarriage, all medical conditions that parents should know about.

Georgia, too, has a parental notification law. Can we hear from Georgia's attorney general on how RU-486 will be handled? Is abortion via pharmaceuticals to be treated the same as traditional abortions?