Should teenagers require Parental permission before receiving an abortion? In my opinion? Absolutely! There are so many risks. Granted many abortions have no after effects but some do and Parents have every right to protect their child and their health. There are both Physical and Mental complications that can happen from having an abortion. If the parents are aware of the situation at least they have the chance to watch for complications.
Then there are so many people out there that use abortion as a means of Birth Control that it is absolutely sickening. By saying that a parent shouldn’t have to sign consent for this type of procedure you are in effect giving license to teenagers to have sex without the fear of consequences. Children need to learn that there are consequences for their actions and just going ahead and having an abortion doesn’t make the problem go away. The problem is that they need to learn about safe sex and protecting themselves not only from Teen Pregnancy but also from diseases. How can one learn about consequences without facing them?
There are so many childless people out there that want children. Even if a teenager doesn’t want their baby, someone else will! There are many avenues to go down when a teenager learns they are pregnant. Why not have the Physician, Teenager, and Parents of said Teenager get together and make an informed decision?
As some have stated Teenagers do not make good parents. I have to disagree with that statement. Having been in that situation myself I know better. Maybe the majority of teens don’t make good parents but that could be lack of learning consequences. When I faced this decision I made the decision to keep my child and I was informed of all my options. For me Abortion was not an option. I was taught at an early age to face up to my actions. And so I have!
In my opinion, you are not going to stop them from having sex. However, if you take the time to sit and talk to your children about the pros and cons of having pre-marital sex they may just surprise you. Explain the problems that can arise from deciding to become active to soon. Most underage Children that become pregnant do so because they are to afraid to go to their parents and let them know that they are having or thinking of having sex. So they take the risk and think that if won’t happen to them.
I do not believe that anyone has the right to take away a parents obligation to protect their child from harm. And there is a definite risk of harm. However slight. Most people will touch on the physical side effects or damages that can result from abortion but just as important are the emotional damages caused from that same procedure.