Montana Legislative Referendum 120Submitted by EmpireBuilder on Mon, 11/05/2012 - 12:16
I picked up my ballot a week ago here in Montana and we have some real tough Legislative Referendums to vote on. I usually only care about federal politics since I move around so much; and that at least remains constant wherever you go. Federal issues are so much more cut and dry for me. I am a libertarian all the way when it comes to federal issues since the law of the land is pretty much a libertarian document. I am a big believer in state's rights and personal liberty as well. But I have never really cared to give that much thought to what I would do at the state/local level when the U. S. constitution is no longer prohibiting a few "reasonable" laws.
I was hoping to get some insight from some folks here on the Daily Paul as to how you would vote. Or maybe from some other Montanans as to how they are voting. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated as I have to hand it in tomorrow. Thanks.
Here is the first one (summarized):
LR-120 prohibits a physician from performing an abortion on a minor under 16 years of age unless a physician notifies a parent or legal guardian of the minor at least 48 hours prior to the procedure. Notice is not required if: (1)there is a medical emergency; (2)it is waived by a youth court in a sealed proceeding; or (3)it is waived by the parent of quardian. A person who performs an abortion in violation of the act, or who coerces a minor to have an abortion, is subject to criminal procecution and civil liability.
I need to vote yes or no or leave blank, I guess. If this were a federal attempt at the law I would be whole heartedly apposed. As far as I know this is probably constitutionaly fine in MT. I am leaning in favor currently, but could be swayed.
You are not an adult in MT until 18, so you need a parent or guardian for just about any decision of consequence already. You are getting a potentially harmful procedure done and something could go wrong. I also assume that you can still do as you choose, it is just that your guardian needs to be informed first. This seams reasonable to me. But, the state will grow, I would assume. New laws and penalties and usually not good. How would you vote?