In 1999, our ‘favorite’ anti-woman, anti-choice, and anti-birth control politician co-sponsored HB 2107. The bill, as you can see in the text below, allows a pregnant minor to be deemed an adult for the purposes of consenting to surgery or medical help for her child. However, in the years leading up to HB 2107, Bob McDonnell worked assiduously to pass parental consent and parental notification laws, mandating that a minor not be able to undergo an abortion without having permission from her legal guardian.
HB 2107 “Deems a minor an adult for the purpose of consenting to the release of medical records relating to medical treatment required for (i) infectious diseases which the State Board of Health requires to be reported or (ii) birth control, pregnancy or family planning. The bill also deems a pregnant minor to be an adult for the purpose of consenting for herself and her child for surgical and medical treatment relating only to the delivery of the child when such surgical or medical treatment is provided during the delivery of the child or the duration of the hospital admission relating to the delivery of the child; thereafter, the minor mother is deemed an adult for the purpose of giving consent to surgical and medical treatment for her child. The bill clarifies that these consent provisions do not alter the requirements of parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor as set forth in § 16.1-241. ”
Why does Bob McDonnell think a minor is responsible enough to agree to the medical treatment or surgery of a baby yet not responsible enough to make a decision about her own reproductive health? We find the hypocrisy humiliating to our Commonwealth and infuriating to our sense of self.