For all the passions they generate, laws that require minors to notify their parents or get permission to have an abortion do not appear to have produced the sharp drop in teenage abortion rates that some advocates hoped for, an analysis by The New York Times shows.
The analysis, which looked at six states that introduced parental involvement laws in the last decade and is believed to be the first study to include data from years after 1999, found instead a scattering of divergent trends.
For instance, in Tennessee, the abortion rate went down when a federal court suspended a parental consent requirement, then rose when the law went back into effect. In Texas, the rate fell after a notification law went into effect, but not as fast as it did in the years before the law. In Virginia, the rate barely moved when the state introduced a notification law in 1998, but fell after the requirement was changed to parental consent in 2003.
hmmmmmmm Now why would this happen... Oh *I* know because the very situations of rape/incest/and the like are things that happen to very few children so talking to their parents is A-OK with them.
"I would have told my mother anyway," said a 16-year-old named Nicole, who waited recently at a clinic in Allentown, Pa., a state that requires minors to get the permission of just one parent. Nicole's mother and father are divorced, and it was her mother she went to for permission to have an abortion.
"She was the first person I called," Nicole said. "She's like a best friend to me."
Yep Parental Consent as a limit to abortion only is a problem if Parent's don't have a strong relationship with their kids and a realistic grasp of "whats in their best intrest"
So any other reason to block these now?