Teenage Abortion Essay examples

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Teenage Women, Abortion and Law
Abortion has always been a very controversial issue. This can be due to the fact that people have different beliefs that are emphasized by their own religion and set of moral values. Many people believe that abortion is wrong, but they believe that is it only wrong under certain circumstances. This could be true, but is it more right to kill for a specific reason than to just do it because you made an irresponsible decision? Because of the wide spectrum of religion and various moral beliefs, there will never be a right or wrong answer to abortion.
Fact: Each year, one million American teenagers become pregnant, and 85% of these pregnancies are unintended.
Four in every five Americans begin having
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Many states have enacted, or are considering, laws that restrict teenagers' access to abortion by requiring parental involvement in the abortion decision. Such laws include:
„X Parental notification laws that require medical personnel to notify a minor's parent(s) of her intention to obtain an abortion;
„X Parental consent laws that require medical personnel to obtain written permission from the parent(s) before performing an abortion;
„X Almost all of the parental notification and consent laws have judicial bypass options that allow a teen who feels she cannot involve her parent(s) to get a judge's permission to proceed with her abortion. Some states allow a professional counseling instead of parental involvement.
Fact: Restrictive abortion laws may worsen family communication rather than promote it.
Abortion providers encourage teenagers to tell a parent or another important family member about their plans, and most teens do. Even without state laws, one or both parents of 61% of minors know about their daughters' abortions. The younger the teen, the higher the likelihood that she has told her mother about the situation.
Those young women who do not or cannot tell their parents, however, often have important reasons such as a family history of alcoholism, emotional or physical abuse, or incest. To involve such parents could invite further abuse of the teenager and other family members.
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