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Adolescent abortion by Yvette R Harris Society August 1997For teenagers facing abortion it is a psychological social and philosophicaldilemma that must be encountered After the Roe v Wade case in which the courtdecided that a woman should have the right to choose limited abortion rightswere granted to minors As a result numerous states enacted various forms ofparental notification and consent laws In most states the law requires thatparents of teenagers provide written approval of the minors decision toterminate her pregnancy or that they be notified by a physician An on goingdebate has continued regarding the notification of parents on abortion Manypsychologists believe that parental notification can have a long-lasting impacton the teenagers physical and psychological well being decision makingcapability and family relationships Opponents believe that such notificationlaws are unnecessary because a significant portion of teenagers confide intheir parents about pregnancy and would seek their advice on pregnancy optionsand alternatives Therefore parents are already involved in providingemotional and psychological support and assisting her in the decision makingprocess Also a small percentage of teens are living in abusive and unstablesituations at home and the laws would cause them to delay seeking termination oftheir pregnancy because of the fear of the parental reaction On the otherside those who believe that parents should be notified argue that if parentsare notified they will be there to provide support in dealing with thepsychological impact of abortion They also argue that teenagers are notexperienced at making decisions for themselves and therefore will not make thedecision that is best for themselves and for their family Information must beobtained on the psychological effects of abortion on teenage mothers before anyfederal law goes into existence on teen abortionsCommittee approves bill requiring girls to notify parents before an abortion byMark Silva Tribune News Service April 1999Statistics show that in the United States abortion is committed by many teenagemothers A bill was passed requiring a teenage girl to notify her parentsbefore having an abortion The problem the
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