Golden Gate University Law Review


In order to determine the constitutionality of California's parental consent statute, this article will first discuss the implications of Roe. Second, this article will analyze United States Supreme Court decisions which have addressed parental consent statutes. Third, this paper will demonstrate that California's parental consent statute would be considered constitutional under the Supreme Court cases which have addressed such statutes. Fourth, this paper will consider the implications of California's state constitution. Based on this analysis, this paper will establish that despite a finding of constitutionality under federal law, California's parental consent statute appears to violate the express right to privacy found in the California Constitution.