O'Reilly Spins Deans Position on Parental Notification

Here is a partial quote from the 11-14-03 talking points memo by Bill O'Reilly:

Since Dr. Dean doesn't like one-on-one interviews, I have to say I don't know much about the guy. Most of the other Democratic candidates have entered the No Spin Zone, but it is apparently too much for Dean. But I do know this, Dean is against parental notification laws regarding abortions for minors. He is on the record as saying that 12-year old girls should be allowed to have abortions without telling their parents, even if the notification laws provide protection for kids who are raped, the victims of incest or other sexual abuse. Even if.

Now that kind of position can't be changed. That's a defining position. And it is directly against what the overwhelming majority of Americans believe. So if I'm running against Dean in the South or the Midwest, that's all I have to say. He's immediately put on the defensive. Allowing children to have abortions without telling the parents is simply unacceptable in this society.


The above opinion is 100% spin/lie, except for the fact that Howard dean does not believe the government should be able to tell any woman what to do with her body. He supports minors telling their parents they are pregnant, what he opposes is the government making it a law. After reading this web page you will clearly see O'Reilly is a liar and a spinner, if not, than you are blinded by your partisan ideology and your love for O'Reilly. I believe O'Reilly is trying to bait Howard Dean to go on the factor, he is only doing it for ratings. It is sleazy and unethical, but what else would you expect from a fraud right-wing journalist like O'Reilly.

As you read this article, notice that New York does not have parental notification laws, this is the home state of O'Reilly and the Governor is a republican. Yet O'Reilly only attacks Democratic Governors for opposing parental notification when his own state does not have these laws.

And now for the whole truth and nothing but the truth:

1) Howard Dean does one on one interviews all the time. The same night O'Reilly said Dean don't like one on one interviews, he did two of them, one on Newnight with Aaron Brown and another with Wolf Blitzer. He has also done one on one interviews with Judy Woodruff and many other journalists. What he don't like to do is one on one interviews with right-wing hack journalists from FOX, like O'Reilly and Hannity etc. He has no problem doing one on one interviews with real journalists.

2) Howard Dean told one 12 year old girl not to tell her parents she was going to get an abortion, here is why he did that. And he only did it one time, read what O'Reilly wrote, then read what Dean actually did, and then tell me O'Reilly did not spin and misrepresent Deans position on parental notification. On top of that only 15% of minors get abortions without telling their parents, law or no law. Not to mention 23 of the 50 states do not have parental notification laws.

Howard Deans Statement on Parental Notification (partial quote):

One time a young lady came into my office, who was twelve years old, and she thought she might be pregnant. And we did the test, and we did the exam, and she was pregnant. And she didn't know what to do. And after I had talked to her for a while, I came to the conclusion that the likely father of her child was her own father.

You explain that to the American people who think that parental notification is a good idea--I will veto parental notification. In Vermont we don't have parental notification bills, but you know what? 85% of all minors that seek an abortion bring their parent with them voluntarily. It is the right thing to do.

When I was practicing medicine, if a young lady came to me, and she was pregnant, I'd sit with her in my office and the first thing I'd do is try to convince her she ought to tell her folks, because I knew her folks, I usually treated them too. And sometimes she'd even say, "I don't dare, I don't dare--my father will kill me". In a small percentage of cases--that's true. And that's why we don't want the government telling us how to practice medicine.


Now look at the position planned parenthood has on the issue.

Planned parenthood and the ACLU believe a woman has the right to get an abortion without telling her parents.

Q If I'm under 18 and want to get an abortion, do I need my parents' consent and if not, will they find out?

A If you live in New York State, which does not have either parental consent or parental notification laws, you do not need parental consent to get an abortion, and your parents will not be notified if you choose to have one. As a matter of fact, there are confidentiality laws in New York State that prohibit providers from telling parents if a minor has received any family planning services, including abortion and birth control.

Outside of New York State, more than half of the states have parental consent or parental notification laws. Parental consent laws require that a minor (someone under the legal age of adulthood, which may be 16,17, or 18, depending upon the state) must have the consent of either one or both parents or a legal guardian in order to have an abortion. Parental notification laws require that one or both parents or a legal guardian be notified by the young woman or the abortion provider, depending upon the state, before an abortion can be performed.

All parental consent laws and most parental notification laws contain a judicial bypass provision whereby an underage woman may go before a judge to request that the consent or notification requirement be waived. In addition, it is legal to get an abortion in a state where you do not live and there are no parental consent laws.

To learn what law governs in different states, visit the Alan Guttmacher Institute's website at: http://www.agi-usa.org/pubs/abort_law_status.html#2 or visit the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy's website at http://www.crlp.org/121597restrictions.html.


Now remember O'Reilly is the no spin guy who is looking out for you. In reality he is one of the biggest spinners in the media. And 99% of his spin is aimed at democrats and liberals, so much for the no-spin zone, it's more like the all-spin zone, especially if you are a liberal. If O'Reilly is looking out for us, he sure has a strange way of showing it. He supports 99% of the conservative issues, and most of those issues favor the wealthy and the corporations.