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Should Parental Involvement Be Required for Minors' Abortions?

Hyman Rodman
Family Relations
Vol. 40, No. 2 (Apr., 1991), pp. 155-160
DOI: 10.2307/585475
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/585475
Page Count: 6
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Should Parental Involvement Be Required for Minors' Abortions?
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Abstract

The U.S. Supreme Court has recently indicated a greater degree of willingness to accept state restrictions on a woman's right to an abortion. Debates have therefore been raging in most state legislatures about which restrictions, if any, to impose. One of the major restrictions being debated is whether to require parental involvement for minors' abortions. Although such restrictions have widespread public support, several key reasons are presented as to why parental involvement should not be legally required. Family practitioners are in an excellent position to inform the public and policymakers about the potential deleterious effects of such legislation.

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