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Question by  shannon59 (14)

Do 16 year olds need a parents consent to get an abortion?

I am 16 and would like an abortion.


Answer by  sar (227)

Abortion laws regarding minors vary from state to state. Many states require parental consent. Some of these states require consent from both parents and some only require one parent's consent. Other states require that one or both parents of the minor are notified before the abortion, but their consent is not required.


Answer by  Mary (2095)

This would depend on what state you live in. Some states require consent for all abortions, and some allow for a court or doctor to approve the procedure.


Answer by  John (9008)

This is governed by state law, and the age varies from state to state. In some states, your parents must consent up until age 18. In others, they need merely be notified. In still others, you can get it done without them ever knowing about it. It varies wildly.


Answer by  Lisa24 (34)

Some places allow a sixteen year old to get an abortion without parental permission. Clinics would be a place in your local area or you can talk privatly with your family doctor and he/she could advise you. Having an adult with you in case of an emergency is important.

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