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Stories

Amanda, 34

I was 19 I found out I was pregnant the first time.

Kim, 43

I had an abortion at 16 years old and do not regret it at all.

Ideally, young women facing an unintended pregnancy should go to their parents for help and support. Thankfully, most do. But we don't live in a perfect world. Some young women cannot involve their parents because they come from homes with physical and emotional abuse.

Parental-involvement laws require young women who seek abortion care to tell their parents or get their permission, regardless of their family circumstances.

The Challenge

Anti-choice lawmakers put politics before teens' health and safety. Instead of protecting young women, these laws can have serious consequences:

  • Illegal and self-induced abortion
  • Family violence
  • Suicide

We all may know a teen who would be afraid to tell her parents, especially if she fears a violent reaction. For example, a teen who was raped by her stepfather may not want to tell her mom.

Most states have laws that make it harder for teens to make a responsible and safe decision in a difficult situation.

Our Solution

In the end, we want all young women to be safe. That's why we need to fight back against anti-choice attacks on young women's safety. Teens also should have access to accurate sex education. That way, they also will get the facts on how to prevent an unintended pregnancy.


Laws About Young Women's Access

Summary of State and Federal Laws

Restrictions on Young Women's Access to Abortion

44 states have parental-notice or -consent laws that restrict young women’s access to abortion: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV, WI, WY

  • 25 states require parental consent: AL, AZ, AR, CA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NM, NC, ND, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, WI.
  • 14 states require parental notice: AK, CO, DE, FL, GA, IL, IA, MD, MN, NV, NH, NJ, SD, WV.
  • 5 states require both parental notice and consent: OK, TX, UT, VA, WY.
  • 11 states that have parental-notice and/or -consent laws permit other trusted adults to stand in for a parent: AZ, CO, DE, IL, IA, ME, NC, PA, SC, VA, WI.
  • 4 of these laws have been found unconstitutional and unenforceable: CA, NV, NJ, NM.



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