for teen abortions: All
"To deny parents the opportunity...risks or perpetuates estrangement or
alienation from the child when she is in the greatest need of parental guidance and
support and denies all dignity to the family." From a brief by a
group of California attorneys.
"...such laws are unnecessary for stable and supportive
families, and they are ineffective and cruel for unstable, troubled
families." American Civil Liberties Union 1
"My parents never would have consented to an abortion...they would
have thrown me out on the street and completely disowned me."
Anonymous visitor to this web site.
Parental involvement laws "increase the gestational age at which the induced pregnancy
termination occurs, thereby also increasing the risk associated with the procedure."
American Medical Association.
Most states in the U.S. have passed laws requiring pregnant teens to
involve their parents in any decision whether to have an abortion. These laws
As of 2007-JAN, six states and the District of Columbia do not have parental
notification or consent laws. The consent or notification laws in six states are
on the books but not in effect. More details