Essay on The Issue Of Underage Abortion

1732 Words Feb 22nd, 2016 7 Pages
Underage Abortion Forty percent of teenagers that have had an abortion claim that their parents did not even know about it (“U.S. Abortion Statistics”). Teenagers getting an abortion without their parents knowing is a huge issue and something needs to be done about it. One of my very close friends found out she was pregnant and she wanted an abortion right away. She wanted to go get it right away because she did not want her parents to know. If they knew, that would be a huge disappointment. One day her and I went to an abortion clinic to have the abortion done, but because of the parental consent law in Illinois, she was unable to get one because the clinic had to notify her parents. Many teenagers are scared to tell their parents that they are planning to get an abortion because the parents might become abusive, they might also threaten to kick them out. I could see where they are coming from, but I also believe that parents have the right to know what their children are doing, especially if the teenager is under the age of eighteen and if it may involve medical procedures. Teenagers should have their parents consent to have an abortion because parents have the right to be involved in their child 's medical decisions. The question is should females under the age of eighteen have their parents consent or should the parent be notified before they get an abortion. Many people who are against abortion think that having a parents consent is the best way to prevent a teenager…

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