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Massachusetts’ Parental Consent Law and Procedural Timing Among Adolescents Undergoing Abortion

Janiak, Elizabeth; Fulcher, Isabel R.; Cottrill, Alischer A.; Tantoco, Nicole; Mason, Ashley H.; Fortin, Jennifer; Sabino, Jamie; Goldberg, Alisa B.

Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey: October 2019 - Volume 74 - Issue 10 - p 594–595
doi: 10.1097/01.ogx.0000585136.63410.ec
GYNECOLOGY: ETHICS, MEDICOLEGAL ISSUES, AND PUBLIC POLICY
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(Abstracted from Obstet Gynecol 2019;133:978–986)

Thirty-seven states mandate parental consent or notification before providing abortion care to minors. In Massachusetts' parental consent law, a minor (17 years old or younger) requires parental approval before a legal abortion is permitted, but parental involvement can be bypassed through some mechanism, such as a petition to a judge (“judicial bypass”).

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston; and Kilbaner and Sabino, Cambridge, MA

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