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NCJ Number: 151761 Find in a Library
Title: No Way Out: Young, Pregnant, and Trapped by the Law
Corporate Author: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
New York, NY 10004
Sale Source: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004
United States of America
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This pamphlet argues that the 15 States currently requiring minors to obtain parental consent before having an abortion should repeal these parental involvement laws.
Abstract: The pamphlet presents stories from teenaged pregnant girls who either told their parents they were pregnant and were maltreated in response, or who attempted self-abortion or sought illegal abortions to avoid telling their parents or guardians. The authors argue that, particularly when girls have been victims of physical or sexual abuse or incest, they are likely to meet with a violent response to the news that they are pregnant. In many cases, adolescent girls want to hide their condition from their alcoholic or mentally ill parents. The pamphlet maintains that repeal of parental involvement laws is the first step toward providing a full range of reproductive health care options to young girls that will eventually reduce the number of adolescent pregnancies. 20 notes
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Abortion; Adolescent pregnancy; Courts; State laws
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