Do you think a pregnant teen’s parents should have a voice in deciding whether the teen chooses between parenting, abortion, or adoption?
My friends at the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy asked the above question on their twitter feed.
I am guessing this is partially in relation to the recent news item titled Texas Teen Wins Right to Give Birth Over Parents’ Objections.
Read the news item above and come back with your thoughts. I would love to discuss this.
I will offer this from my own perspective and it is not necessarily related to the parents but the professionals and policy makers outside the teens home. I object strongly to the fact that in many states you need to get your parents “notification” or approval to have an abortion yet you can give your child away without their knowledge. This fact alone is very pro-life and supporting of the adoption agenda. If abortion notification is required, then adoption should be as well. Cases like Stephanie Bennett come to mind.
Below you will find an example of the notification of abortion/versus adoption. This is excerpted from the website for Colorado Youth Matter. Bold emphasis is mine.
“If you are 18 or over, you can choose adoption or abortion without parental consent. If you are under 18, you can choose adoption for your child without involving your parents. However, we recommend that if your parents or another adult you trust can support you in this that you talk to them. If you are under 18 years old you are required to have “parental notification” to get an abortion. This is not the same as parental permission – a parent or guardian just has to know what’s going on. If you are not able to notify a parent or guardian, you can ask a judge for permission.” – coloradoyouthmatter.org
What are your thoughts? Should parents be allowed to legally force their teen daughters to abort, parent or place for adoption against her will? And if you agree they should be, shouldn’t it apply to all options? Meaning, shouldn’t parental authorization to place for adoption also be required?