by Yamani Hernandez
“Parental consent and notification laws are built on a series of myths about young people, families, abortion, and the judicial process.
State laws vary between requiring medical providers to notify adult family members to, at the extreme, requiring that two parents provide notorized consent before a young person can access abortion care.Currently, 38 states have mandated parental consent or notification laws. With those laws come a series of dangerous misconceptions that are creating barriers to health care for youth instead of increased resources and information.
Myth #1: “Parental involvement sounds like a good idea to me.”