Maryland already has a parental notification law that achieves both parental involvement and protectionof teens,
Eighty-one percent of women seeking abortions turn to their parents for support, according to the Guttmacher Institute. While parental involvement is desirable for most teens, legally mandated involvement in the form of parental consent or notification may not be to a minor’s benefit in all cases. Mandatory parental involvement can also be a disincentive for sexually active adolescents to seek care. Confidential services that allow teens to talk candidly with health professionals is critically important. Parental consent laws can endanger teenagers who are not lucky enough to have a supportive parent to help them with an unplanned pregnancy. Fortunately, this amendment was voted down on a procedural rule with a 103-35 vote. Check out more information at The Baltimore Sun’s Maryland Politics blog.