Minors and abortion

Many jurisdictions have laws applying to minors and abortion. These parental involvement laws require that one or more parents consent or be informed before their minor daughter may legally have an abortion.

Minors and abortion in law

Law in Canada

In Canada, abortion is subject only to medical legislation, and there are no laws regulating abortion. Under the Canadian health care system, abortion is available on request, regardless of the woman's age or trimester of her pregnancy. Confidentiality laws protect minors' rights to withhold information regarding prescription medication or medical procedures such as abortions from their guardian(s). Therefore, contraception does not require parental consent, and for medication such as birth control, only a doctor's prescription is required. Medical care facilities in Canada by law observe a minor's right to medical confidentiality, and they do not have the authority to share medical information with a parent without consent of the patient. In 1989, the Supreme Court ruled the father has no right in vetoing a woman's decision to undergo an abortion, regardless if he is her spouse or not. Abortion is fully funded by the government in most provinces, and therefore Canadian citizens are not required to pay for an abortion themselves.

Law in the United States

waiver process would take twenty-two days to complete - a significant problem given the time-sensitive nature of pregnancy and the increased risk involved in later abortions."

See also

  • Abortion
  • Abortion by country
  • Abortion debate
  • Abortion law
  • Age of consent
  • Conscience clause (medical)
  • Emancipation of minors
  • Gillick competence
  • Informed consent
  • Paternal rights and abortion
  • Parental consent
  • Legal protection of access to abortion
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Teenage pregnancy and sexual health in Britain
  • Youth rights

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