Only 37% of teens told their mothers about their abortions

A study on teenage abortion rates found:

“In a sample of minors attending an abortion clinic in Minneapolis/St. Paul, 37% told their mothers and 26% told their fathers, but 71% had talked with their best girlfriends about the pregnancy.”

F Clary “Minor Women Obtaining Abortions: A Study of Parental Notification in a Metropolitan Area” American Journal of Public Health 72, 1982, 283 – 285

In the sample, the most common reason for not informing mothers about pregnancy and impending abortion was concern for the parents feelings.… Minors were especially unlikely to inform their parents if they believed that one or both held strongly negative attitudes toward abortion.”

Gary B Melton and Anita J Pliner “Adolescent Abortion: A Psycholegal Analysis in Gary B. Melton, ed Adolescent Abortion: Psychological and Legal Issues (Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press) 20

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Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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