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Parental Consent for Abortion Protects Vulnerable Girls

Many choice-focused individuals and organizations take a fundamentally flawed approach to the issue of parental consent for abortion. They frame the problem as, “Choice and bodily autonomy at all costs and anyone who opposes that opposes women’s rights.”  We argue that this “at all costs” approach harms the very women it sets out to protect when it is applied to adolescents making decisions on whether to continue a pregnancy. 

If we ask, “What harms will occur from a Parental Consent law?” we will certainly be able to find potential harms.  And these harms should not be negated: patient confidentiality, access to healthcare, possibility of abuse or broken family relationships - all these are serious issues that need to be taken into consideration.  When the question is a more objective, “Should we implement a parental consent for abortion law?” these carefully considered cons cannot be found to outweigh the pros.  Unfortunately, the pro-choice approach fails to reasonably consider the possible pros to such legislation. The substantial research supporting the implementation of a parental consent for abortion law is summarized here.

To read the rest of our position paper titled, "Parental Consent for Abortion Protects Vulnerable Girls" please download the attachment below. 

 

Attachments:
Download this file (PositionPaper-ParentalConsent.pdf)PositionPaper-ParentalConsent.pdf[ ]156 kB

This public awareness campaign is a joint effort between Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association and WeNeedaLAW.ca. For more information please contact us here.

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