Mandatory Parental Consent to Abortion
JAMA. 1993 Jan 6; 269(1): 82-86.
This report analyzes the ethical issues raised by requirements that parents be involved when minors seek an abortion. Parents are generally supportive and understanding and can provide helpful guidance to their children. In some cases, however, parents may respond abusively to the knowledge that their minor child is pregnant or is considering an abortion. In addition, privacy in matters of health care is a profound need of minors as well as adults. Accordingly, the Council concludes that, while minors should be encouraged to discuss their pregnancy with their parents and other adults, minors should not be required to involve their parents before deciding whether to undergo an abortion.
Abortion; Adolescents; Adults; Alternatives; Children; Communication; Confidentiality; Conscience; Counseling; Consent; Decision Making; Family Members; Government; Government Regulation; Guidelines; Health; Health Care; Informed Consent; Judicial Action; Knowledge; Mandatory Programs; Minors; Notification; Organizational Policies; Organizations; Parental Consent; Parental Notification; Parents; Physician's Role; Physicians; Privacy; Professional Organizations; Psychological Stress; Pregnancy; Regulation; Risks and Benefits; State Government; Violence;
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