The Financial Services committee recently held a hearing on the Confidential Healthcare (aka secret abortions) bill. This legislation would require certain "sensitive health care services," which are "[defined] with the advice of ... experts in the fields of "reproductive and sexual health" that are paid for by insurance companies be kept secret from the owner of the policy. So, if a child on a parent's insurance were to have an abortion, the policy owner would be financially responsible, but the services would not be disclosed to the policy owner without the consent of the child.
This legislation is an affront to parental rights, and the involvement of parents in their children's medical care, which government should be encouraging, not discouraging. It's clear the intent of this Planned Parenthood-sponsored bill is to ensure as many roadblocks to abortion (including the potential of future disclosure to parents) as possible are cleared from the abortion industry's path. Click here to see their advocacy campaign from when the bill was in the senate.
What can you do? Take 30 seconds to email your legislators, letting them know you're in favor of parental involvement and not secret keeping.