Regulating Teenage Abortion in the United States: Politics and Policy

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International Journal of Law, Policy, and the Family

More than three decades after Roe v. Wade, there is little constitutional wiggle room regarding abortion regulation; only the issues of late-term and teen abortion remain. This position paper argues that statutes in 34 states requiring pregnant minors to either notify or secure the consent of their parents before having a legal abortion are “less concerned with developing nuanced policies to improve the quality of teenage health or decision making, than with securing a set of political goals aimed at making abortion harder to get, restoring parental authority, and punishing girls for having sex.” Free. 14 pages. (212) 854-5478,