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December 1, 1993

Planned Parenthood v Casey-Reply

Author Affiliations

The Center for Reproductive Law and Policy New York, NY

JAMA. 1993;270(21):2559-2560. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510210045023

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In Reply.  —In response to Dr Lasky, while most people would agree that it is better for a young woman to discuss her pregnancy and abortion decision with a parent—and indeed most young women do involve a parent—not all minors are able to do so. Some young women are pregnant as the result of incest; others are subject to physical and psychological abuse; some women have family members who suffer from serious illness or disability; the parents of others hold strong religious views against abortion. Forcing these women to disclose their decision could severely jeopardize their health and well-being. In addition, forced notification could lead some parents to frustrate totally their daughter's choice to terminate her pregnancy.In no way does a criminal law mandating parental consent promote family communication. Rather, these requirements lead young women to forgo or delay necessary medical care. Some young women will run away or