Parental Consent for Abortion: Impact of the Massachusetts Law
Cartoof, Virginia G.
Klerman, Lorraine V.
American Journal of Public Health. 1986 Apr; 76(4): 397-400.
A study assessed the impact of Massachusetts' 1981 parental consent law, which requires unmarried women under age 18 to obtain parental or judicial consent before having an abortion. Analysis of the data revealed that the state's minors continue to conceive, abort, and give birth in approximately the same proportions as before the law was implemented. In 1982 there was a small (50-100) increase in births. Although the in-state abortion rate of minors was halved, this decrease was accounted for by the number of Massachusetts resident minors who obtained abortions in neighboring states. (KIE abstract)
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