WHETHER THEY ARE YOUNG OR OLD THAT DOES NOT DETERMINE WHETHER THE WOMAN IS READY FOR PARENTHOOD. SOME YOUNGER WOMAN MAY BE MATURE ENOUGH TO HANDLE TO LOAD OF A CHILD WHEREAS SOME ADULTS ARE TO BUSY WITH OTHER THINGS THEY FEEL ARE IMPORTANT.
Abortion is a dangerous procedure that is potentially life threatening, and should not be performed on an underage minor, without the consent of a parent. Other factors that should be considered in this argument also are the fact that parents have the right to know if their children are looking to obtain an abortion, because it allows them to be aware of what is going on in their child's life. Abortion is not something to be taken lightly, and an underage minor is hardly emotionally mature enough to make a decision like that, without parental involvement!
Pregnant girls, who do not consult with their parents in the face of a physically and emotionally complicated situation like becoming pregnant, probably have an urgent and legitimate reason to avoid doing so. Even among parents who would not be abusive in the face of this news and the girl's contemplation of abortion, would be simply guided by their own convictions or emotions more than by their daughter's well-being. This possibility only underscores the fact that the decision will affect her more than her parents, and is properly hers to make. Of course, one generally hopes such a decision will be collaborative and supportive. But the state cannot magically legislate such conditions into being.
Parents need to know if their children are having an abortion because of potential medical complications. The procedure could be relevant to any subsequent hospitalization. If the girl is in a condition where she is unable to communicate with the hospital staff, no one will be able to inform them that the abortion techniques or medications may interact with prescribed treatments. Parents are still responsible for any other medical treatment at this age. If they aren't informed of the abortion they can't make an informed decision about any other medical care that the child may require.
An underage, pregnant female might be making a hasty, selfish decision that isn't well thought out. If they have to speak to their parents about their circumstances this decreases the amount of instances where abortions are sought so that mom and dad don't find out that their baby messed up. And, the wonderful likelihood that mom and/or dad could step in and save the baby's life - even if they have to take on the parental responsibility - also increases. I'm all for anything that will stop the many abortions that occur everyday. But, there also has to be resources available for those who fear harm if they tell their parents, or for those who might harm the baby if they don't get consent.
My kids can't take an aspirin at school without my consent. My son can not ride home with us from a track meet unless I give permission, but my daughter can go and have an abortion without my consent. That doesn't even make sense. I'm mean that's such a no brainer I can't believe that the question would have to be asked. It just clearly portrays where the liberal movement is taking our country. Liberalism is causing our society to shelve it's good sense in favor of individual rights and privacy and in certain circumstances I think that is absurd.
Parents should always be a part of the decision making process in cases like this. The only exceptions should be when incest or rape by a stepfather is involved. A young girl needs the support and advice of her parents and good parents would want to be there for their daughter. Their love and support is critical.
A fate of a potential life is not a solitary issue--a child is not conceived without two people being involved. By extension, the fate of the fetus should be known by the parents of both the young father and the young mother. Abortion is not the only option--adoption is another--and in the face of a woman who wants more children (the potential grandmother, for example) a new child would be seen as welcome and wanted--and not someone whose life should be aborted and forgotten.
A woman must be 21 before she can drink alcohol, so I believe that a teenager is not mature enough or responsible enough to sort out the facts and make a good choice about her reproductive health. Abortion is a surge3ry, after all, and it carries significant risks, including death. A parent has the right to know if his child may be in danger because ultimately it is the parent who will pay the price--financially and emotionally--should something go terribly wrong.
We assume that a 14 year old girl cannot safely be trusted to drive a car. In most states, she cannot have her ears pierced without permission or use a tanning bed without both parental and doctor's permission. Yet this same girl who cannot see a doctor on her own for a broken bone for four years can have sex without her parents' knowledge and choose to have a surgical procedure to kill her own child. Either teenagers are too young to make such medical decisions, including sex (which can give them AIDS and other life changing illnesses) or we need to assume that teenagers have adult rights at an earlier age. But if you cannot drink alcohol or own a gun or get a credit card until age 21, you should not be able to risk your health and life with sex and abortion when barely after age 12.
I believe that in the U.S. there should have to be parental consent for a minor to have an abortion. A final decision like abortion should not be made by a minor alone. Also if it is up to the parent of the minor, they could decide to adopt the baby themselves or put it up for adoption. This would help limit the number of abortions.
Abortions are final, there is not a backspace button to push when regrets start to enter the picture. While not all women have regrets over an abortion, it should not be up to a child to determine a death sentence for a living creature. Fear and panic usually set in, and it seems their only way out because they aren't thinking logically. Sure, most parents will be upset, and some will even agree to an abortion, but for the ones who don't agree, they are saving the life of an innocent child, and helping their own child from making a mistake that could haunt her the rest of her life.
I believe that parental consent should be mandatory for underage girls to receive abortion, children do not have the mental capacity to fully understand the consequences of such permanent actions. We don't even allow underage children to view certain movies because we recognize that they cannot mental handle the situations of the movie. We don't allow underage children to receive tattoos or pierce their ears. We don't even allow them to go to the doctor's on their own because the law states they cannot make important decisions about their health yet. If we don't trust them to make these smaller, less weighty choices, how can we possibly think that they are ready to handle a choice of life or death?
Babies have a beating heart from the second they are conceived. I believe that underage pregnant girls should consent with their parents if considering an abortion. Their parents may oppose and feel strongly about the issue. There is always the other options such as adoption for the mother to choose.
Honestly, as a 17 year old girl I feel that parental consent is necessary. Abortions are a big decision with life long effects that truly need to be thought out. If I want to take an aspirin at school I can't, but if I want to get an abortion I can without consent. How is there a loophole that allows this. If you feel you are old enough to have sex, then you are old enough to deal with the consequences.
NO ONE SHOULD EVER BE ABORTED. The pregnant teen didn't ask to be here and neither did the unborn child. POINT. BLANK. PERIOD. As a matter of fact NO ONE asked to be here. Everyone should have a chance of living life. The child was grown enough to go out and do the do now its time for the child be grown enough to take care of the child. If any, adoption is always a wonderful option. There are so many people who want to have children but they can't. That's just me....
Allowing a young teen girl who has no idea what shes getting herself into is obscure. They will most likely drop out of school, receive inadequate parental care, rely on public assistance to raise her child, have her marriage end in divorce, etc. No one wants to see their child on welfare, being a single parent, and basically setting up for failure. Being a teen mom, and being forced to settle down before you have even lived is not what you want for your child, but allowing them to do something that is extremely mentally, physically, and financially troubling for such a young girl. Making abortion illegal for a young teen to obtain without parents consent will actually decrease abortion by 18%. Parents, just as much as their daughters, are responsible. Being involved in your daughters life, nagging on her, and pushing her to always do the right thing may also cause her to rebel. But being a parent, and being aware what "kids are doing these days." is also a good start to allowing abortion to be illegal, and giving unborn, conceived children a chance at being successful in this world as well.
We talk about abortion as if it a dental procedure. The reality is that babies die and are sometimes ripped apart. You will see hands, feet, and toes in the waste bags. Since 1970, 55 million souls have been lost. That is more than all our wars combined. There are people sitting in prison for decades because they got in a fist fight, stole copper, stole tube socks (yes this is a real case) or went to meet a person they were talking with on the internet. Yet, when a baby gets pulled apart, no one blinks an eye. It is utterly ridiculous, defies logic, and hypocrisy. Go see who you are talking with on an internet after you are literally invited and get your life ruined. Have an abortion and be viewed as a champion of women's rights. Makes no sense. Life ends with an abortion. That is the magnitude of what is going on. Respect life. Of course, parental consent should be required. Actually, abortions should not be allowed. People argue that it is the woman's right because it is her body. Well, that logic applies to the baby too. The baby has rights too. We forget that.
If parents don't want their kids to have an abortion then their kid should have to go through the trouble of having a kid but if their parents will let them then they can go right ahead and hurt themselves and the child that they are barring in their stomach.
It is my fundamental right as my children's parent to raise them in a way I deem fit. The state does not have the right to take away my Constitutional rights as a parent to my children. I do not believe abortion should be legal, except for cases with extenuating circumstances. I am raising my children with my beliefs. As a parent to my children, it is MY job to instill my values on my children. If my underage daughters have to have my permission to seek treatment for a cold, they definitely should have to have my consent before making a life-altering decision.
Teens should be allowed to make their own decisions because I think if they got into the "problem" alone and nobody forced them or raped them they should get out of the "problem" alone just like they got in it. They should have thought about the consequences before having sexual intercourse.
Parents should know what is going on in their child's life, especially when it is something serious and could be life threatening. If teens get the permission to go through things like this alone they will think that anything they do is right even when it is wrong, and they will find it easy to do whatever they want. That could be a danger because they could start to make other wrong decisions.
The medical procedure can be dangerous and the parent deserves to know about the procedure. Also, the bill for abortion may put a minor at risk and the parent again deserves to know. I also think that a parent is responsible for the child; therefore, the parent needs to be responsible for the medical procedure.
parent should be notified if there child undergoes in a situation to protect them especially if there child life is endanger or pregnant this is a serious issue and the parent is going to find out one way or another so it is best to let them know and if anything bad happens to thier child they can hold however responsible for there actions.
First of all as a mother of 4 ranging 24-6 my husband and I always try to talk with our kids about purity and abstinence. Unfortunately, I realize that I don't live in a perfect world but I can't even believe that this would even be up for discussion. My 13 year old daughter can not even watch a PG-13 movie at school without my permission and we are talking about 14 year olds being able to have an abortion! Do we even know what we as mothers and woman are saying to our younger generation of children. Have sex...go ahead...and if you don't want it.....abort it! Wrong message people. And for all those who talk about these "minors" as woman....they are not woman...they are still young girls they are not mature enough both physically or emotional to be called a woman! As parents and grandparents its a day where we need to stand up and start educating our children and provide them with a firm foundation with good moral principles and values and this goes for parents with boys as well. I think if we would stand up and take responsibility as parents we may see a major shift in abortion not to mention not even to have to make rulings on whether or not our children are old enough....and for those who think that if they are old enough to have sexual relations then they are old enough to have an abortion...I say if they are old enough and mature enough to think they can have sex then they should become a parent!! Keep the baby and allow this little life to become someone someday!
Let's ignore the fact that I don't believe in abortion, period. If a child isn't deemed mature enough under the law to pierce his or her own ears or get a tattoo without parental consent, how can we allow a child to make the decision to essentially kill their own flesh and blood? Parents need to be informed of what's going on in their child's life. I'm sick of hearing about a minor's right to privacy. Minor's don't get privacy. They aren't mature enough for it. Kids make mistakes and it's a parent's job to help their child work through them.
Young ladies just dont know what they are doing these days. They need their parents to give them advise. They can be in serious danger if they choose the wrong decision. They dont know what doctor to go to and they can also be getting raped by strangers and the parents wont know whats going on. They can be killed in the streets and the parent wont know where they are at, they wont know where to find them anymore.
ought to be required. If you're underage, you are under the jurisdiction of your parents and have no business making such a major decision without their approval. One can't necessarily trust an underage pregnant woman to be the best judge of what to do next anyway, as they were already irresponsible enough to become pregnant. You shouldn't be able to have sex without parental consent either.
This is only one of the few web sites that talks about this issue. http://www.childpredators.com/readreport.cfm
If you dont believe what I am saying just research it for yourself. I encourage you not to be trapped in any way by what you already believe to be true but to look into this issue further. Here is an excerpt you should read from the following website that talks about teens.
Even bright, mature teenagers sometimes do things that are “stupid.” But when that happens, it’s not really their fault. It’s because their brain hasn’t ﬁnished developing. The missing part is called the dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex, and it plays a critical role in teens’ decision-making, and understanding of future consequences. Problem is, it doesn’t fully develop until their 20s.
Read the article. It makes sense. Who are we really voting for? Are we voting in favor of our children or against them?
Having an abortion is a major medical procedure that requires anesthesia and can potentially lead to serious medical complications. One in ten women who undergo an abortion may suffer from infections, hemorrhaging, cervical damage, mental health issues, infertility and sometimes sterility. Young teenagers are unable to mentally comprehend possible consequences and, therefore, need parental consent. If nurses in high schools are required by law to get parental approval before dispensing aspirin or Tylenol to underage girls, shouldn't parental authorization be given for major medical procedures?
Underage girls cannot make health care decisions, without parental consent. So, it only should make sense that they cannot have an abortion without parental consent. It is a medical procedure. Parents can also help their daughter make the correct decision in their lives to either keep the baby, give it up for adoption, or have an abortion.
Women who are underage have not fully developed emotionally or physically. They are not adults and do not have the rights of adults. While abortion is a very personal decision, underage women should realize this is also a very important decision. Because of this, they need help with certain decisions. Parents are legally responsible for their underage children, so they need to be responsible in terms of abortion decisions too.
The parents have no right to make any decisions for their child, when their child is doing adult things. If parents don't want their child to get pregnant then they should talk to her about the importance of condoms and birth control. If its to late, the it's to late. It's her body not the parents just lay back and watch what YOU let happen, happen.
I have a friend who is underage and in this situation. She really wants to keep the baby and not get an abortion. She is the legal parent of this life inside her body and I believe she would make a great mother. She's a first year in high school and the cause was actually something she'd agreed to. She already works as a babysitter giving her both experience and income and I would be more than happy to give her financial support. I see no reason why her own mother would have any right to force her to get an abortion. Especially since the mother I speak of adopted her.
I think it is completely unfair to force underage women to even tell their parents. I think every person has a right to make decisions for their own bodies, especially when it involves something THEY are growing. Plus, this could increase teenage suicide rates, considering that teenagers most often commit suicide when they feel trapped or like they have no options.
A minor who fears her parents might refuse consent will not take the risk, she will simply seek an illegal, and therefore much less safe, abortion. Becky Bell is an example. Moreover, allowing parents to force their daughter to carry a pregnancy to term gives abusive parents too much power, whereas parents looking out for their child's best interests are unlikely to deny her an abortion, given the depression and suicide risk.
Many people don't realize that first of all less than 10 percent of all the abortions in the US each year are in women under the age of 18. Second of all a girls teenage years are her most rebellious. So she'll do what she wants regardless. Which means if she needs consent from a parent to abort a pregnancy than she'll most likely self induce her abortion through a) self harm b)drugs or c)alcohol abuse.
Although she is a minor it is her child. If she was responsible enough to get into this situation then she is responsible to make her own choices and the choices for her child. A minor might need to do this if the parents don't approve of abortion and aren't willing to pay or aren't willing to do anything to help her act on her choice. There are many other factors where the parent(s) won't allow it but it her her body, her child, her choice.
It is her body. She should be the one to decide if she is ready to have a baby since she will be the one to take care of it for the next 18 years of its life. For those that have said underage girls are not mature enough to make a decision like this on their own my question to you is then how could those same girls possibly be mature enough to take care of the baby or give it up for adoption. They know if abortion is the right decision for them and they should have the right to receive it.
When it comes to pregnancy, no one else really should have any say in the matter. Yes, abortion is a medical procedure and I do believe parents of the minor should know about it - but, you also need to consider the young girl and how her life would change if she were to be forced into having a baby she wasn't ready to have. When a woman has a baby, the baby is HER responsibility, not her parents'. The person who carries the baby, gives birth to the baby, and raises the baby for 18 years is the minor, not the parents. Plus, reducing the abortion rate is not always a good thing - in the case of minors, if they were forced to have a baby they did not want to have, a lot of those babies would end up in orphanages, which are already overflowing. It is not the government's place to tell a woman what to do in the event of pregnancy - that is a personal decision, no matter her age.
If I was in the position where I am not ready for a kid, I would. Especially if it was rape, or just a mistake. It's her body so she should make the decision. You should at least notify your parent or guardian that you're pregnant. But seriously, if this upsets you I kinda understand. A life is precious, but if that kid grows up knowing it's life is a mistake that's gonna be a bit depressing.
She made the choice (intentionally or unintentionally) to get pregnant; it should be her choice whether she keeps the child or not. Letting her make this decision on her own can teach her maturity and even safety. If parental consent were needed for underage abortions, teens would be driven to use more dangerous methods of abortion.
It's her choice, her body, her life. It would be her child. Her parents could be religious and deny her the abortion when she knows in her heart, soul and body that she cannot bring a child into this world. It's her decision to make for herself. Whether it is due to not having the financial situation, the knowledge of not being able to be a good mother, or even for the ability to love that child, it is her decision to make.
If the girl is at least 17 or 18, they shouldn't have to get the consent of their parents. If they're 16 or under, getting parental consent should probably be done. It's all situational. If the girl goes and has unprotected sex with her boyfriend or something, then she should face the consequences of having a baby. But if she was say, raped, then having an abortion is up for question among the family. But if the girl is 17 or 18, it should be her decision whether or not she gets an abortion.
Essentially, if the underage woman were to keep the baby, would the parents typically have full custody of the baby? Would the parents be the one taking care of the baby full time? The answer to both of those questions is no in almost all cases. If the parents are not main care takers of the baby, then why should they hold the power to deny an underage pregnant woman, in the most respective manner, to rid of something that could potentially be an extreme burden in all aspects (financially etc.). Parental consent does not make a certain decision wiser and more probable, so in my opinion parental consent should not be required.
In this situation, even if the pregnant girl is underage, this is a decision she has to make for herself. Her parents are obviously not overly competent, or the pregnancy might never have happened to the girl in the first place. She was the one who made the decision to get pregnant, and the results of that decision should weigh heavily upon her, and perhaps teach her a lesson.
While it is fine to recommend an underage girl seek parental advice about an abortion, it should not be required. There are many reasons a young girl many not feel comfortable telling her parents about her active sex life and the resulting baby, especially a girl who is underage. Requiring the girl to get parental consent before she can have an abortion will not force most girls into telling their parents, it will force them to seek other ways of getting an abortion. This could be anything from attempting to abort the pregnancy themselves, or seeking out under the counter help. In both cases, such methods of abortion are far more dangerous to the potential mother than a legal abortion clinic would be.
Although being under 18 may mean that the girl is immature, if they decided to have sex, they should be able to be in control of their own lives and make the decision on if they would like to have an abortion or not. Having a baby is a big step, and not all parents are supportive. Telling the parents/legal guardians could easily put the girl's life in danger. Not only that, but in fear, the girl may feel as though there is no choice but to runaway, commit suicide, or push the girl to further extremes.
Parental consent shouldn't be required for an underage pregnant woman to have an abortion. Regardless of whether or not the parents are the ones responsible for the child, the child is the one who will have to deal with that decision for the rest of their life. Therefore, they should be the ones to make it. Deciding whether or not to have a child is a big choice, and it will have an impact on anyone for the rest of their life. No one should be able to deprive someone of that choice, regardless of age.
A young woman may be the victim of incest or rape and not be able to have the issue addressed with her parents. In such cases the young woman should be able to make her own decision as it is her body and she will be the one responsible for an unwanted child.
A young woman shouldn't have to have parental consent or have the parent notified. She should have to have an adult accompany her to have the procedure done. This person needs to be there to ensure that the young woman has representation of an adult fashion in the event of any kind of a mishap. The parents don't have to be notified, as long as a responsible adult is there for the young woman.
There should be some kind of age limit, maybe 13 or so where a young woman would need parental consent, but certainly not 18. Maybe not at all. Many girls come from homes where they can not tell parents for fear of being kicked out, abused or for religious reasons, the abortion denied by the parents. This should be the young woman's decision alone. Hopefully, she would have the support of her family but there is no guarantee of that.
I believe it is the underage pregnant woman's decision to choose if she is going to have an abortion or not. She is going to have to live with her decision the rest of her life, not her parents. Also, parents sometimes don't make the right choices for their children. Besides, if their child becomes pregnant, isn't that a sign of bad parental skills?
Parental consent should not be required for underage pregnant women to have an abortion because it should be her decision alone. Generally speaking, if she's old enough to have voluntary sex, she's old enough to decide to abort. The kind of girl who could not tell her parents she was pregnant is the kind of girl who needs protection by not telling them. Medical decisions are private otherwise.
Some sort of adult consent for underage abortions would be a good idea, because it would insure that the underage pregnant person had a mature person to help them understand long term implications of their decision for abortion which may not be immediately obvious to a person who is still maturing. However, requiring parental consent assumes that the parents will do what is best for their child, and this is not always the case.
Requiring parental consent for abortion forces women to have to tell their parents that they are pregnant and no one should have to disclose any medical information that they do not want to. Also, this forces the women to have to convince someone else to agree with their personal private choice regarding abortion before they can go through with it.
I don't think parental consent should be required. I went through this first hand and I knew as soon as I found out I was pregnant I wasn't emotionally or financially ready to take care of a baby and I didn't want to be connected to the baby father for the rest of my life but my mom refused to give me parental consent for her own selfish reasons and religious views. Now my daughter lives with my parents and she thinks she did me a favor when all she did was cause me to have problems emotionally and mentally. That happened when I was 17 and I'm 27 now and it still affects me emotionally.