A Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Arizona said a minor should have the ability to seek permission from a non-parental figure to get an abortion Wednesday.
“Do you think that someone who is a minor — I have two little sisters who are like 13 and 14 — do you think that a minor should be allowed to have an abortion without parental consent?” an unidentified woman asked candidate David Garcia.
“Let’s put ourselves into how tough that situation has to be,” Garcia said, according to a Youtube recording of the “Women with David Garcia” event.
“Because, folks, when people ask that question, they think they go at it for flippantly … (audio skips ahead) … parental consent probably would, to be frank with you. And they are likely in a very tough, difficult, desperate situation to be there. And, in that very difficult crossroads, in that place where there are very few places to turn, I want them to have the ability to go to a professional, to go to a counselor to make that decision with their assistance. So, yes, I do.”
Garcia’s campaign received $600 from Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona & Planned Parenthood AZ, the Phoenix New Times reported. Funds, however, will be returned after he claimed that he did not take lobbyist money on Twitter June 12. (RELATED: Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate: Imagine ‘No Wall In Southern Arizona’)
Under current Arizona law, parents can sue abortion providers and those who help the minors receive an abortion without parental agreement, according to Center for Arizona Policy.
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