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May 5, 1993

Parental Consent for Abortion

Author Affiliations

Macungie, Pa

JAMA. 1993;269(17):2210. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500170040018

To the Editor.  —I wish to raise several objections to the opinions expressed by the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs1 regarding parental consent for abortion.I do not believe that the conclusions reached by the Council are consistent with their own arguments. Repeatedly throughout the Council Report, parents are noted to be the persons from whom a minor will most often receive appropriate counseling. And further, they point out that minors frequently have erroneous preconceptions regarding negative responses from their parents regarding pregnancy, which will (despite physician encouragement to the contrary) most likely not allow helpful parental involvement. Thus, in order to deal with the remaining minority, the Council concludes that parental involvement should not be required and ignores legal mechanisms already in place protecting abused minors.The Council also places consent for abortion in a totally different category from all other consents for medical procedures. The Council