Minor Women Obtaining Abortions: A Study of Parental Notification in a Metropolitan Area
American Journal of Public Health. 1982 Mar; 72(3): 283-285.
A study is reported which examines reasons 141 minors chose not to notify parents of a planned abortion. Results showed that while 37% of the minors informed their mothers, and 26% their fathers, 71% informed their best girl friends. Concern for parents' feelings and a fear of negative consequences (such as physical punishment or retaliation) were the reasons most frequently given for not informing parents. Implications for legislation requiring parental notification are discussed. (KIE abstract)
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