Parental Involvement

As physicians, we encourage young women to talk to their parents about health issues, including contraception and pregnancy, but we oppose parental consent and notification laws, because they result in delays and restricted access to timely medical care and are harmful to the health of adolescents.

In the case of teen pregnancy, it is our experience that most adolescents do involve a parent or a trusted adult family member in the decision to have an abortion. The young women who choose not to tell a parent do so for a number of good reasons, including fear of abuse or abandonment, or because they don’t live with their parents.

When the state interferes with minors’ decisions about abortion or birth control, it forces the teen to choose a parent over another trusted adult who might be better suited to support her.

Find out what we are doing to protect vulnerable young women from restrictions that could endanger their physical and emotional health.

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Montana: Vote NO on L.R. 120

November 2, 2012

If you’re a Montana resident, PRCH urges you to vote no on ballot initiative L.R. 120, a parental notification bill that would endanger already vulnerable young women.

Testimony Submitted for House Judiciary Committee Hearing on the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA)

Author: Physicians for Reproductive Health Board Member Michelle Forcier, MD, MPH


Tell Obama to Follow Medicine on Plan B!

December 19, 2011

On December 7, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was poised to change the status of the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step®, allowing it to be sold without prescription and without age restrictions. But Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of Health and Human Services stopped the FDA from taking this critical step for women's health, and President Barack Obama stands by her decision.

California Teens Need Access to STD Vaccines Without Parental Consent

California law protects teen patients who need contraception, prenatal care, or abortion services. The law allows adolescents who can’t involve their parents in these decisions to consent to treatment themselves.

But the law fails teens when it comes to the HPV vaccine and other preventive care for STDs. If you live in California, call Governor Jerry Brown right now to extend teens’ consent to STD prevention! (Phone instructions below.)