LOWER AGE FOR CONSENT TO ABORTION BEING DISCUSSED ON BEACON Hill 


 
By Bob Katzen 

A bill before the Judiciary Committee would lower from 18 to 16 the age at which a woman can have an abortion without parental permission.

   

   Supporters say young adults are capable of making an informed decision and argue that the current 18-year-old parental notification and consent law increases the number of unsafe, illegal abortions. They noted that minors will sometimes travel to a nearby state where an abortion at their age is legal.

 

   Opponents say that lowering the age takes power and authority away from parents who should have the right and duty to safeguard their young daughter’s physical and emotional well-being.

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