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Should parental consent be required for underage pregnant women to have abortions?

  • I BELIEVE A CHILD SHOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS BECAUSE THEY ARE A HUMAN BEING AND THEY HAVE RIGHTS.

    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.

  • Anything that involves the life and death of a child should never be done without a parent's consent.

    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!

    Posted by: MariaR
  • No, because this personal decision should be up to the pregnant girl. Most of them will seek parental advice and support anyway.

    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.

    Posted by: M4I4cFeIine
  • Yes, because this is a serious medical procedure.

    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.

    Posted by: RanseYouhave
  • I'm all for anything that might stop Abortion.

    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.

    Posted by: MohaI0v35
  • I absolutely think that parental consent should be required for an underage girl to have an abortion

    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.

    Posted by: TasticBran
  • This is a major decision and should not be made alone.

    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.

    Posted by: BLeonard
  • Yes, parental consent should be required for underage abortions.

    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.

    Posted by: ElwBoardin
  • Underage pregnant women should have to consult their parents before seeking an abortion because a minor child is not mature enough to make that life altering decision alone.

    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.

    Posted by: N3vinFace
  • If a girl cannot tan or get her ears pierced without parental permission, why should she get an abortion?

    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.

    Posted by: Pir4And
  • Consider what you are really proposing here...

    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.

  • Consider what you are really proposing here...

    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..

  • Isn't it her body?

    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.

  • No Matter How Old a Mother Should Have Complete Control Over What Happens to Her Child!

    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.

  • You don't own your child's body

    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.

  • They will get illegal abortions instead.

    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.

  • Safer Than People Think

    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.

  • It's her baby, not her parents

    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 decision

    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.

  • If a woman is old enough to have sex, she is old enough to take control over her body.

    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.


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