Pa To Decide If Judges Or Parents Have Right To Control Teen Abortions

02.03.11 | Sarah Harnisch

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has decided to review the state's law on parental consent for abortions for minors and the role judges play in substituting parental consent. It's the first-ever review of the "Abortion Control Act," which has been in place in Pennsylvania for over 20 years.  The act requires that minors under the age of 18 requesting an abortion have the consent of at least one parent. The review follows the case of a young girl who requested a judicial bypass of an Allegheny county judge, seeking to conceal the abortion from her parents. Defending the law are the Alliance Defense Fund attorneys, the Pennsylvania Family Institute, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, and nearly 70 state legislators who support the law. "Parents should have a right to be involved in their child's critical life-changing decisions, and that includes abortions," said A.D.F. Legal Counsel Matt Bowman. He said this is a case of parent's rights and preborn children's rights.