The passage by the California Senate of a bill requiring minors to obtain written permission from a parent or a court before getting an abortion is a positive step toward fostering dialogue between children and their parents regarding birth control.

The bill does not outlaw abortion; instead, it makes parents and children aware of the pressing need for better education about birth control. This education effort in the nation's high schools can be called fairly successful; however, parental involvement is a must. This bill will help to push adults and children in that direction.

Furthermore, with the awareness that abortions are not readily available teens will, one hopes, become more conservative in their attitude toward sex and thus choose abstinence. This bill, coupled with the threat of AIDS, is a step toward developing a morally conservative youth.


The proposed restriction on minors' seeking abortions is just another futile attack by the right-to-lifers. If they think they can end abortions by going after nonvoters and uneducated poor women, then they better think again.

Written parental consent will not survive for long. If kids can forge school absentee notes and get away with it, then there is no reason to believe that they won't try to do the same for abortions. If someone wants or needs something badly enough, he or she will go to any extreme to get it, law or no law.

Why make criminals out of teenagers who think they are making the only wise decision available to them? KARA DUNIGAN Washington