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Young Women's Access to Abortion

A young woman under age 16 may not obtain abortion care without receiving counseling from a physician, nurse, physician's assistant, clergy member, or qualified counselor who must:  (1) explain the alternative choices for managing the pregnancy, including adoption and abortion; (2) explain that public and private agencies are available to assist the minor with whichever alternative she chooses and offer a list of such agencies and services; and (3) discuss the possibility of involving the young woman's parents or an adult family member in her decision.  Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. §§ 19a-600 (Enacted 1990; Last Amended 1996); 19a-601 (Enacted 1990).

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