Get involved in our campaigns and help ensure young people's health and rights. The majority of states — thirty-six as of June — currently enforce laws that require a young person to notify or obtain consent from one or both parents before they can receive abortion care. Most young people faced with an unintended pregnancy choose to involve their parents.
Your news article about the renewed focus on abortion and the rights of teen-agers July 16 fails to mention one of the most dangerous effects of laws mandating parental or court consent for minors seeking abortions - delays that cause teen-agers to get abortions at later, riskier stages of pregnancy. Although early abortion is a very safe procedure, each additional week after six weeks of pregnancy increases the risk of complications for minors by 20 percent. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that teen-agers often delay getting help in the first place because of denial or ignorance that they are pregnant.
A new bill in the Massachusetts Legislature could make it easier for minors to get an abortion. We already trust minors to make reproductive health decisions like buying condoms and getting birth control from a doctor, Childs-Roshak says. She doesn't see why abortion should be any different.
Opening arguments in Ayotte v. Most U. For more than a decade, Gallup has found roughly 7 in 10 Americans favoring laws that require women under 18 to receive parental consent for any abortion.
Many jurisdictions have laws applying to minors and abortion. These parental involvement laws require that one or more parents consent or be informed before their minor daughter may legally have an abortion. A minor does not require parental consent or notification except in Western Australia, where in the event of the woman being under 16 years of age one of her parents must be notified, except where permission has been granted by the Children's Court or the woman does not live with her parents.
This week's question: Should a minor female be able to get an abortion without her parent's knowledge or consent? I had a brief but intense argument about this issue with a girlfriend of mine last weekend. She is pro-choice and a doctor.
If you are under age 18, you may be required to tell or get permission from one or both parents, or a guardian, before you can get an abortion. To find out about the specific laws and policies where you live, take a look at this Guttmacher Institute chart showing where parental involvement is required; also check out this overview of consent law for abortion, which also provides an overview of consent laws for contraceptive and STI services and prenatal care. Most pregnant teens do consult with their parents, either on their own initiative or when encouraged by an abortion provider.
Jump to navigation Skip navigation. AlmostU. Many states have considered or adopted laws that would prevent teens under 18 from obtaining an abortion unless they involve a parent or go to court.
Senate this week passed a bill that would make it a crime for anyone but the parents of a minor under 18 to transport her across state lines for an abortion without parental consent. If enacted, this would affect minors living in states both with and without parental consent laws on the books, but differences between the House and Senate bills still need to be resolved before it goes to President Bush for his signature. This is likely to prove a politically safe vote for the 65 senators who backed the bill, as more than two-thirds of Americans say they favor laws requiring female minors to get parental consent for any abortion.
The State of Michigan enforces a law that is referred to as the Parental Consent abortion law, or the Judicial Bypass law. The judge does not decide if you can have an abortion, but if you are mature enough to make your own decision about your pregnancy. Northland Family Planning has access to several funding sources that can help cover the cost of the abortion for patients with judicial bypass. If you need a Judicial Bypass, the staff of Northland is here to help prepare you for this process.