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 understand where everyone's perspective as well as their perception of why a teen woman should not be able to have an abortion without parental consent; however, it is her that has to live with and take care of that baby for the rest of her life. Statists say that about 40% of all teen moms never graduate high school yet alone college. How will she support this child if her parent(s) were to die and not be able to help her care for her child? It is her body, she should be able to decide if having a child is the right thing for her, not her parents! What is the teen was sexually abused, raped, or molested by a family member or her dad, then what? YOU people expect this child to get parental consent from her abuser or the mom that allowed the abuse. From experience, I was raped and had the baby because I thought it was wrong but now I regret ever having that child because he now acts like the person who raped me. Why? OH WHY? Would you make a woman do something that she may or may not regret but let her choose! Do Not force your teen daughters to keep a child that will be unwanted, unloved, or uncared for!! Your teen daughters are supposed to be loved from their parents at all times and be able to discuss everything but if you force them than I promise they will HATE you for it, maybe forever!!
At the end of the day it is HER body! To be honest no one should have the right to consent to what others want to do, especially when the consequence is long term. Even if the child was given up for adoption, more often than not they are simply sent to live foster home to foster home. And in many cases young mothers aren't financially or mentally prepared to take care of a child. Why chance that?
If a girl or woman believes that they are not ready to have a baby, they are, in one way or another, unable to raise that baby healthily. She has either correctly drawn the conclusion that she is somehow unable to raise the baby. If she later regrets her decision to have aborted the pregnancy, it is safe to assume that she might have made other uninformed, or poorly thought-through decisions in the child's upbringing.
In short, if a girl supposedly CAN'T be responsible for her own body and life, how can we force her to take responsibility for a dependant life?
You are giving parents the authority to make a emphatically life-impacting decision for their child, despite the fact that their authority is only temporary. Also, you are effectively basing the right to this procedure on the personal beliefs one's parents happen to hold -- a factor, that is fixated, and yet substantially different for everyone. However, this fundamentally infringes upon the notion of equality before the law, which holds that everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, or anything beyond the person's control, should be held to similar standards.
It is absurd to place such a life-impacting decision in the hands parents, whose authority over their children is only temporary. Also, you are effectively basing a girl's right to this procedure on the set of beliefs their parents happen to hold -- a factor that is simultaneously fixated, and yet substantially different for everyone. However, this would fundamentally infringe upon the notion equality before the law, which by definition, extends to everyone regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, etc..
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.