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Should Minors Need Parental Consent for Abortions?
Parental consent should be required for pregnant minors to have abortions.
Parents have the right to know about any significant activity of their underage teens as they are in many ways responsible for them and thus they should be included in such a decision.
Parental consent should be required with the exception that the minor can be excused from involving a parent if she is a victim of abuse.
Parental consent is required for the sake of the minor.
Parental consent is required for the sake of the unborn.
Parental consent should be required on the condition that if the father of the child is also a minor, his parents are aware of his contribution to said pregnancy and consent is sought from them as well.
Parents are the closest adults in a minors life that care about their interests.
Doctors require parental consent for most medications and procedures. Abortions, due to their long lasting implications (should the fetus come to term) should not be an exception.
Parental consent is needed because otherwise children may abort out of a perceived fear of parents’ reactions.
If a young woman has decided to become sexually active, she should be allowed to decide whether to have an abortion and whether to choose to involve her parents in the decision about an abortion.
Forcing the pregnant girl to tell her parents might reduce the young father's sense of responsibility for his girlfriend's pregnancy.
If children receive enthusiastic consent of their parents an uncertain teen mum might feel pressured by her parents to go through with the abortion instead of listening to a last minute change in personal opinion.
Parental consent laws might lead to minors having abortions in other states or countries that do not require parental consent and/or have less restrictive abortion laws.
Parental consent bears disadvantages for the minor.
Parental consent should not be mandatory. However, the counseling of both, parents and child, ought to be strongly advised.
Parental consent bears disadvantages for the unborn.
Principles of bodily autonomy should not be ignored simply because a woman is underage. Women have a right to control what happens to their bodies, and parents should not be able to overrule such significant and personal decisions.
There is the possibility of abusive parents forcing a young girl to have a child when she does not want too for reasons such as religious dogma.
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