Parental Consent for Abortion Reconciled with the Mature Minor

"Neither the mature minor doctrine, nor medical ethical guidelines, nor health and safety concerns are sufficient to justify rejecting a parental consent law for abortion.  Parental consent takes into account the best interests of the child and her increasing maturity, thus respecting the mature minor doctrine.

Medical ethics supports family involvement in healthcare decision making and is fully capable of operating in a statutory environment that includes a parental consent law.  Confidentiality is not breached by such a law, and the health and safety of pregnant women is protected further by involving parents, the primary caregivers who are responsible for ensuring her well-being. Rather than justifying rejection of a parental consent law, these factors point to the ease of integration, the importance of, and the benefits to implementing a parental consent law for abortion."

To read the full legal opinion on how parental consent does not conflict with the decision-making rights of mature minors, click the attachment link to download the full article.


Download this file (Parental Consent Reconciled with the Mature Minor (Position Paper).pdf)Parental Consent & the Mature Minor[Parental consent does not infringe the rights of minors.]509 kB

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