The adolescent's right to confidential care when considering abortion

Paula K. Braverman, William P. Adelman, Elizabeth M. Alderman, Cora C. Breuner, David A. Levine, Arik V. Marcell, Rebecca O'Brien

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Abstract

In this statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirms its position that the rights of adolescents to confidential care when considering abortion should be protected. Adolescents should be encouraged to involve their parents and other trusted adults in decisions regarding pregnancy termination, and most do so voluntarily. The majority of states require that minors have parental consent for an abortion. However, legislation mandating parental involvement does not achieve the intended benefit of promoting family communication, and it increases the risk of harm to the adolescent by delaying access to appropriate medical care. This statement presents a summary of pertinent current information related to the benefits and risks of legislation requiring mandatory parental involvement in an adolescent's decision to obtain an abortion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere20163861
JournalPediatrics
Volume139
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017

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Parental Consent
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Pediatrics
Pregnancy

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Braverman, P. K., Adelman, W. P., Alderman, E. M., Breuner, C. C., Levine, D. A., Marcell, A. V., & O'Brien, R. (2017). The adolescent's right to confidential care when considering abortion. Pediatrics, 139(2), [e20163861]. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2016-3861

The adolescent's right to confidential care when considering abortion. / Braverman, Paula K.; Adelman, William P.; Alderman, Elizabeth M.; Breuner, Cora C.; Levine, David A.; Marcell, Arik V.; O'Brien, Rebecca.

In: Pediatrics, Vol. 139, No. 2, e20163861, 01.02.2017.

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Braverman, PK, Adelman, WP, Alderman, EM, Breuner, CC, Levine, DA, Marcell, AV & O'Brien, R 2017, 'The adolescent's right to confidential care when considering abortion', Pediatrics, vol. 139, no. 2, e20163861. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2016-3861
Braverman PK, Adelman WP, Alderman EM, Breuner CC, Levine DA, Marcell AV et al. The adolescent's right to confidential care when considering abortion. Pediatrics. 2017 Feb 1;139(2). e20163861. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2016-3861
Braverman, Paula K. ; Adelman, William P. ; Alderman, Elizabeth M. ; Breuner, Cora C. ; Levine, David A. ; Marcell, Arik V. ; O'Brien, Rebecca. / The adolescent's right to confidential care when considering abortion. In: Pediatrics. 2017 ; Vol. 139, No. 2.
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