From the first-ethical principle, clients have the right obtain honest and accurate information. This is crucial when working with a client on topics such as abortion, where providing honest and accurate information when requested is important (Jansson, 2015, pp. 39). Under the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics, social workers must always behave in an ethical manner. They should be void of judgement when it comes to their clients (Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers, 2005, pp. 395-405). These ethics can be used when working with a client who is considering abortion, because under the first-ethical principle is the right to not die (Jansson, 2015, pp. 39). When it comes to this touchy subject,
How can a child make the decision for the life of another child by themselves? In this paper I will outline the mental, physical, and safety issues of minors (age 18 and under) having an abortion and why it is so important that they need to get parental consent before making this life long decision.
Massachusetts have adopted the “ mature minor rule’, which entails, if a doctor believes the child is mature enough and able to give consent to medical care and it is in the best interest to the minor not to notify the minor’s parents, the doctor then may accept the minor’s consent.Minors may also consent to their own treatment for drug addiction , family planning services, or treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV or AIDS), if they are at least 12 years of age (M.G.L.A. c. 112 & 12E, c. 111 § 24E, and c. 111 § 117). A minor who is at least 16 years old may commit himself or herself for mental health treatment without parental consent. (M.G.L.A. c. 123 § 10). Emancipation can affect a minor’s status in contracts as
The topic of reproductive rights surrounding women in Texas has been a hot buttoned issue since the closing of many reproductive centers across the state. Recently damaging abortion restrictions were passed and therefor encroach on women’s reproductive rights even more by decreasing access to abortion care. Texas’ 84th Legislature, both passed HB 3994 as a law and had it Governor Abbott make it effective with his signature on July 8, or this year. This law complicates access to abortion services for mistreated and neglected minors and for those who do not possess specific identification cards in Texas.
7 of these states have laws that effectively require the woman make two separate trips to the clinic to obtain the procedure. Parents should be involved in such a decision like this so 36 states require some type of parental involvement in a minor’s decision to have an abortion. 22 states require one or both parents to consent to the procedure, while 12 require that one or both parents be notified and 4 states require both parental consent and notification. Many people believe that 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. Rather than tell their parents - for whatever reason - some teenagers resort to unsafe, illegal abortions or try to perform the abortion themselves. In doing so, they risk serious injury and death or, in some cases, criminal charges. Another concern is that restrictive laws endanger teens' health by
Previously in Texas Family Code Ch. 33, combined with Occupation Code § 164.052(a) (19) the law required that a minor obtain the consent of her parent, managing conservator or legal guardian if she wished to have an abortion. She could obtain a bypass to consent if she demonstrated that she: (1) she was sufficiently mature and well informed to consent to the abortion, (2) that the notification of her parents would not be in her best interests, or (3) the notification may lead to physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. Many of those under 18 may have been raped or sexually assaulted by a relative and will not discuss their mistreatment if they fear legal action against their parent(s) or that CPS will become involved. Minors could seek a confidential judicial bypass if they were in fear of being abused at home because of their pregnancy or abortion and/or if they don’t have parental approval. Also, if a judge did not rule on a minor’s application, her request for a bypass was considered granted. This judicial bypass was created to protect abused or neglected pregnant teens who cannot safely turn to a parent or cannot find a parent. Some argue that the bill may violate a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the bypass process must be confidential and
Today, teen pregnancy is as high as ever. Shows like “16 and Pregnant” and “The Secret Life of an American Teenager” are centered on young girls’ journeys as teen moms, in hopes that viewers will become more aware about safe sex preventing teen pregnancy. Reducing teen pregnancy also reduces the rate of abortions. Teenagers are the ones who are most likely to get an abortion, since they are the ones that are the least prepared to be mothers. Regardless of their reasoning, abortion is an option that allows not just teens, but all women who are not ready or do not want a child. However, many are against abortion since they see it as killing a baby or taking away a potential life. According to writer Steven Ertelt of LifeNews.com, Oklahoma’s abortion laws are restrictive compared to other states especially with the passage of the Oklahoma Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, or HB 1721, in April 2015, which bans dismemberment abortions that tear babies limb from limb. Any abortion practitioners that breaks this law would face a fine of $10,000 and a few years in prison. This act is a big step towards saving more potential lives, shining light on the abortion process, and is a stepping stone for other states.
The scenario, in this case, might be an unmarried African-American 18 year old woman who is living in a slum area, is a high-school student, and is pregnant with
In Texas, according to Planned Parenthood (2017), for a woman who is under eighteen years of age, Texas “requires that one of your parents give permission for your abortion, and separately that one parent be told of your decision 48 hours before the abortion takes place. A judge from your county (or a neighboring county, if fewer than 10,000 people live in your county) can excuse you from both of these requirements.” This law has been shaped by both influencers. Republicans by how it is more restrictive than other states due to Texas being a republican state and republicans having a negative view on the subject. But it is also affected by Planned Parenthood by how it still allows a way for a woman under the age of eighteen to acquire an abortion legally and
waiting period prior to the decision to get an abortion and a minor seeking an abortion
The act also said that minors who wanted an abortion must get informed consent from their parents unless there was a case of “hardship” where a court could waive this requirement. The act also imposed certain reporting requirements on abortion clinics (McBride).
The girl would be allowed an abortion even though she is too young (under 16) to give consent for the medical procedure to take place. The grounds the girl would be allowed the abortion under would be under the first section of the 1967 Act, the pregnancy if continued, would pose a risk to the mother’s own mental health. An amniocentesis test shows that the baby has a serious deformity. There is no doubt that an abortion would be legal in this circumstance, it falls exactly under the second section of the 1967 Act, because the baby, if born, would be either seriously physically or mentally handicapped. The pregnancy was a result of rape. An abortion would be permitted to the mother, because keeping the pregnancy would cause the mother’s mental health to suffer, this the first section of the 1967 Act. The Abortion Act allows for most abortions to go ahead, as it is open to various interpretations (especially in the first section). One scenario where an abortion would not be permitted would be: A scan has shown that the baby is female and the parents want a boy. These would not be significant grounds for an abortion to be said to be legal. However it could be argued that it would cause the mother mental distress, but it is does not really pose a serious threat to her health. However there has been a case of a mother who had two abortions on the NHS because she didn’t
Upon learning from a Connecticut National Guard recruiter that I was ineligible to enlist in any branch of the United States Armed Forces due to a chronic illness that will require medication indefinitely, I was devastated. However, despite this devastation, it was my desire to serve and to be a part of the military culture that became the driving force behind the decision to become a certified Military Service Members, Veterans and Their Families – Advanced Social Worker (MVF-ASW). Even though this career does not involve being on the front lines, I can still provide direct services to the children of active duty service members as they navigate the extended deployments, frequent moves and strained familial relationships. Even though this particular credential is not mandatory to work as a youth services coordinator on a military base, it is recommended because it will provide me with the specialized knowledge and understanding of military culture that can help me to be a more effective social worker in this particular field.
As I stated before I do not believe in abortions. I believe that everyone should get a chance at life even a fetus and also I believe that it is selfish for someone to just want to take a child life just because they can. There are always other a person could take instead of getting an abortion. “Spiritual and religious beliefs are deeply personal and should be respected in every setting. However, the spiritual and religious beliefs of the social worker do not take precedence over the needs and self-determination of the client.” (Ely,2012). Social workers should always consult with the NASW Code of Ethics when such dilemmas like abortions comes into play. The ethical responsibility 2.06 is referral for service states that social workers should refer client’s other professionals when the other professionals’ specialized knowledge or expertise is needed to serve clients fully or when social workers believe that they are not being effective. It is always helpful to refer a client to someone that is more experience or know more about the client’s situation than you. Last the ethical responsibility of a social worker 1.02 is self- determination which is being stressed throughout this paper. The client has all rights to make the decisions based on their
There are different versions of “The Alamo” movie, Wayne’s from 1960 and Hancock’s from 2004, emphasizing different aspects of historical events. Social workers will always emphasize “the victory of San Jacinto”, the concluding military event of the Texas Revolution and The Battle of San Jacinto between the Texan army and Mexican forces was took place on April 21, 1836.