Transporting Minors for Immoral Purposes: The Case for the Child Custody Protection Act & the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act

45 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2006  

Teresa Stanton Collett

University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota)

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Child custody, family law, abortion, abortion notification, children and the law

Suggested Citation

Collett, Teresa Stanton, Transporting Minors for Immoral Purposes: The Case for the Child Custody Protection Act & the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Health Matrix, Vol. 16, p. 107, 2006; U of St. Thomas Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06-08. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=893687

Teresa Stanton Collett (Contact Author)

University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota) ( email )

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Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 55403-2015
United States

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