Here's the pitch...
Posted at 11:34 AM on March 8, 2007 by Bob Collins (3 Comments)
SF112, a bill that would give parents the authority to authorize body piercing in kids... was sitting out there like a handing curveball for conservatives to try to add language stripping Minnesota's current law that grants minors the right to obtain pregnancy testing, and other medically-related procedures without a parents approval.
That effort came from Sen. Tom Neuville during today's Senate floor session, who said "this has nothing to do with abortion." But the abortion issue is never far away from bills like this, and amendments like this.
Senators are debating whether the bill is germane to body-piercing bill, but Neuville's point is to ask how can Minnesota give parents the right to intercede in their teens' actions on body piercing, while not extending that to more serious medical issues?
"But the abortion issue is never far away from bills like this, and amendments like this."
Speaking of which, I was a bit surprised to not see this angle applied to the bill reminding women who miscarry that the clumps of tissue can be buried. I expected an uproar about how this would be the first step down a slippery slope of granting legal status to the unborn. Or maybe I'm just paranoid.
Posted by bsimon | March 8, 2007 3:32 PM
I don't know. If memory serves, though, there was a related bill to the one you're referring to last year from Rep. Karen Klinzing (since defeated). I think it became law and I think it allowed parents have stillborn children to get a birth certificate.
Posted by Bob Collins | March 8, 2007 3:36 PM
Are burial vaults (about $2K for the basic cement box adult version, more for the gold lined 'King Tut' models) required by state law for burying 'clumps of tissue' like they are for humans that merit a dealth certificate?
Posted by Nancy G | March 8, 2007 4:44 PM