Golden Gate University Law Review


Susan A. Bush


This Comment argues that parental notification statutes unduly burden a minor woman's right of privacy as they impose a state-created obstacle to minor women who wish to exercise their right to have an abortion. This right means very little if state regulations or restrictions make access to abortions difficult or impossible. The interests that such regulations seek to protect - the health of the minor and the parent-child relations - are not served by parental notification. The health consequences for minor women who bear children are severe and the psychological health of minor women can be detrimentally affected by requiring parental notice. This Comment concludes that the only interests served by parental notification statutes are those of groups opposed to abortion.

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