At what age should the law regard an individual as an adult with regard to access to abortion?
Although women have a legal right to do what they want with their bodies, what needs to be defined is when they are old enough to make the right decision in regards to this. This is especially true when it comes to something as severe as abortion. Young girls are especially vulnerable into being forced to make a decision that will affect the rest of their lives. A strongly opinioned doctor or clinical worker can easily sway them one way or another and the repercussion from this decision will be with the young girl forever. As well, medical complication can occur, and a child can be severely damaged or even die in the process. Therefore, girls under the age of 18 should be mandated to have parental consent when having any type of procedure especially an abortion. "Parental consent legislation has also been predicated on the assumption that it is needed because adolescents are at high risk for adverse responses to abortion and are not capable of making an adequately informed choice" (Adler, Ozer, Tschann, 2003). Even if people disagree, such as Steinberg, Cauffman, Woolard, Graham, & Banich, ...
This posting debates the legal age for adults to obtain an abortion or receive the death penalty.