Something I was wondering this morning...
Whether or not a girl under the age of 18 is allowed to abort without the permission/notification of her parents is varies by state. What I'm interested in is what happens when a girl under the age of 18 wants to give birth (to raise the baby or to let him be adopted) and her parents want abortion? I assume that varies by state as well; I assume the options are the girl is allowed to become emancipated, the girl becomes a ward of the state and/or is assigned a guardian ad litum, or the girl has no rights except those granted by her parents.
Have there been any actual cases brought to a court that have been written about? Does anyone know what their state does?
My assumption is that the states that allow teenagers to abort sans parental notification aren't too interested in helping the girls who choose to give birth (other than offering them welfare for the next 18 years...), but I don't actually know. I have no idea what states that grant parents control over their teenage daughters' medical procedures would do. And I can't run an experiment on myself, as I'm well over 18 (and my parents want more grandchildren).
(This was probably sparked by a Badger Blogger about Gardasil and parental choice vs. state mandates; what happens if a girl doesn't want it and the parents do? There's always someone willing to give a girl sex-related medications/procedures over the objection of parents...why does parental authority only go one way?)
ASIDE: People who don't want health care taken over by the federal government should totally be co-opting/reclaiming the phrase "My body, my choice." The "soda tax" to "fight obesity" is a particularly annoying violation of that principle. To steal a phrase from alexthechick, "Why is it bad for the government to tell me I can't put a dick in my mouth, but good for the government to tell me I can't put a donut in it?"