Transporting Minors for Immoral Purposes: The Case for the Child Custody Protection Act & the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act
Teresa Stanton Collett
University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota)
Health Matrix, Vol. 16, p. 107, 2006
U of St. Thomas Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06-08
Experience has shown that parental involvement laws related to abortion decrease teen pregnancy and increase the ability of responsible parents to guide and support their minor daughters during this difficult time. Such laws protect the health of minors by ensuring that parents had adequate information to monitor and respond knowledgeably to any post-abortion complications that arise, and assure the ability of parents to intervene in cases where their young daughters are being victimized by adult males who seek to conceal the consequences of their sexual conduct by persuading the girls to obtain secret abortions. Legislators in forty-five states have recognized the value of parental involvement in a minor's decision to obtain an abortion and have passed some form of parental involvement law. This article argues that the Child Custody Protection Act and Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act furthers the ability of states to protect their minor citizens and the rights of parents to be involved in the decisions of their daughters who are facing unplanned pregnancies.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 45
Keywords: Child custody, family law, abortion, abortion notification, children and the law
Date posted: March 30, 2006
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