issue of parental consent is
a very important one--because
like other restrictions put
on women who want to have abortions,
it endangers these women and
further ostracizes them.
is a famous case from Indiana.
Becky Bell was a young woman,
age 17, who got pregnant and
didn't want to tell her parents,
but Indiana had parental consent
laws, which required her to
do so. Instead she got an illegal
abortion and died from an infection.
Her parents were and continue
to be pro-choice and very vocal
opponents of parental consent
laws. This one story alone is
enough to illustrate why we
shouldn't have parental consent
laws, but, unfortunately, there
are many more just like it.
Wave Foundation, an organization
that I co-founded, we have a
fund to support women who need
abortions. We support many women
who are confronting parental
consent laws and are attempting
to escape them either by going
to another state and/or getting
a judicial bypass.
are lots of organizations working
to defeat parental consent laws--for
(National Abortion Rights Action
for Youth, Planned
Parenthood Federation of America.
And the Alan
Guttmacher Institute has
research on the consequences
of parental consent laws. I
hope that helps.
luck with your presentation.