Planned Parenthood Happy to Help Minors Obtain Abortions without Parents’ Knowledge

A teen writes to Planned Parenthood’s “experts” about how she can obtain a second-trimester abortion and hide it from her parents:

Is abortion possible after the first trimester? How much does an abortion cost if you are a minor and want to keep the abortion from your parents?? Help!!!”

Planned Parenthood explains that a teen girl can click on this link to see if parental notification is even required in her state.  The first thing a girl will encounter when she clicks this link is how to skirt around parental notification and consent laws if they are required in her state.

When she scrolls down, she will see that fourteen (including Washington, DC) of the fifty states listed explain that they have “no parental involvement requirement.”  However, for the other thirty-seven, there are requirements of parental notification and/or consent from one or both parents.

Without fail, all thirty-seven states with requirements listed are followed with an explanation that a minor can avoid parental notification and consent requirements.  Most are followed with “a judge can excuse you from this requirement.”  (In three states—Maine, Maryland, and West Virginia— a doctor can excuse a minor from these requirements.)  Only in West Virginia does it specify that a doctor “other than a doctor who will perform the abortion” can excuse a minor from the requirement.

Planned Parenthood is already infamous for covering up statutory rape and assisting minors in obtaining secret abortions without their parents’ knowledge, but is this any surprise when this “pro-family” organization chronically advertises and promotes to teen girls the ease of hiding life-changing and potentially abusive circumstances from their parents?

  • Anonymous

    I worked as a counselor at Planned Parenthood for many years. Not all teenagers come from loving homes with parents who have their best interests at heart. Many young women are in situations where they would be brutally punished if their parents knew they became pregnant. In some cultures young women are even killed for becoming pregnant. Some young women are pregnant BY their fathers or close relatives.

    Of course, it is definitely ideal for parents to be involved in such a momentous event in their daughter’s life. But Planned Parenthood has no way of knowing which girls are endangered by their parents and which are supported. It is appropriate and necessary that girls be given information about how to get around the parental consent laws. Because, for some of them, their lives depend on it.

    • oldmanbob

      Therefore, enchfor, killing the baby is the best?  It is true that some young women will get in real danger, a safe place can be made for them.  In cases of incest the perp can be brought to justice, but then you can cover up the rape and kill the baby, and get your fee. 

      You post shows that PP is a muder for profit outfit and any excuse will do.  In a few cases the young women might be killed and that is wrong in all ways.  None the less with PP methods the baby is killed every time.

      My question for you is simple:  How can you sleep at night?

      • Anonymous

        Easily.

        In the trenches answers are not so simple as yours.

        PP is anything but a murder for profit outfit. Your feelings about the issue are obviously too strong to see beyond the simplicity of your argument. I wish you well.

        • Lorie Baker

          You answered EASILY! Wow
          Can’t believe how many people are actually taking up for this illegal, immoral post

    • Fred

      Are you suggesting it is correct to go around parental consent laws in cases where a close relative is the father of the baby? The best interest of a minor in those cases is scarcely bypassing the laws to have the abortion in order to send the girl back home to the abusers. those people should be reported and brought to justice, clearly something planned parenthood doesn’t do – it doesn’t bring in any dollars.

      It is a fallacy to say it is right to bypass a law because the girls are in danger of life. It is the abuser/parent that should be removed not the baby. If anyone, anywhere, boy or girl, is risking their life on this or a similar issue, they should seek help to abandon a home that puts them in danger. Having an abortion and putting oneself back in potential danger is hardly the correct solution to the problem.

      • Anonymous

        Fred-

        Avoiding parental consent does not exclude bringing a perpetrator to justice. It means if a father is responsible for a pregnancy why should he be notified if an abortion is going to occur? So he can punish his daughter? He has no right to know what she’s doing and telling him will not help the daughter at all. And if a parent isn’t informed about an abortion that doesn’t mean they can’t be convicted.

        It is illegal for a physician to not report child abuse where they see it.  When I worked at Planned Parenthood we were trained to inquire about abuse anytime we felt suspicious and that it was our legal and ethical responsibility to report it. Just because a girl has an abortion doesn’t mean she will be “sent back home to the abusers.” But it does mean she doesn’t have to endure the danger and pain and life-long trauma of giving birth to a baby conceived out of trauma.

        Of course putting her back in danger is the a correct solution to the problem, but she won’t be sent home just because she has an abortion. The two are not linked.

        • Hoffmom

          “Avoiding parental consent does not exclude bringing a perpetrator to justice.”

          Oh, but enchfor- I read your post on another article. It did exactly that for you. Or are you constructing hypothetical situations to try to validate your point of view? Because unless that’s the case, then you WERE the girl sent home to be victimized again. And again. And again. Four innocent babies and yourself, all victims.  Did Planned Parenthood stand in the gap for you? No. Because your repeated rapes and pregnancies and subsequent abortions helped their bottom line.

          • Anonymous

            Hi Hoffmom. I didn’t go to PP for abortions. Also the PP clinic I worked at didn’t do abortions (the only medical procedure performed there was cryotherapy–treatment for cervical cancer) so it is difficult for me to relate to some of the comments about PP trying to get customers. Perhaps that happens at other PP clinics–I don’t know.  But I do know that where I worked we were trained to be very aware of whether or not abuse may have occurred and, with my history, you can bet I was extremely conscientious about it. In my position I was not a mandated reporter–counselors would alert clinicians if there were any questions, as they were the mandated reporters. It wasn’t just pregnant girls we were looking out for–but any of them who came in for any reason (like the 11-year-old whose mother brought her in for birth control pills !!!!! What kind of mother does that?)

            I assume you take good care of your daughter and would be an advocate for her, whatever her situation. I wish that were true of all parents.

            P.S. I made a typo in my reply to Fred. –it should say “putting her back in danger ISN’T (not IS) the correct solution.”

        • Coo Per16

          a friend of mine was forced into an abortion by her abusive fiance. she went to PP covered in bruises. no one asked her anything. they just took her money and her child and dumped her back into his hands.

      • Lorie Baker

        Thank you Fred and Hoffmom for setting these crazies straight!! So enjoyed reading your post. Thats why this world is so mixed-up because of people like this that don’t know good from bad, right from wrong. SAD

    • Hoffmom

      My daughter can’t get her EARS PIERCED without my consent. She can’t ride home from school with a friend without my consent. She’s too young to purchase alcohol or cigarettes. She’s not allowed to live independently. She can’t get a tattoo. But SOMEHOW she’s still allowed to have ELECTIVE SURGERY without my consent?!? Has the world FREAKING LOST ITS MIND???

      If a young GIRL is pregnant by her father, or lives in an abusive household and fears for her life, killing her baby SOLVES NOTHING. She doesn’t need blood on her hands. What she needs is intervention to save her from the abuse. Health providers are mandated reporters, but as we’ve already seen, Planned Parenthood routinely ignores the requirement. If they (as well as many other abortionists) didn’t, enchfor, then YOU would nave NEVER been impregnated FOUR TIMES by your father as a teenager, as you posted on another thread. Juvenile victims of abuse need an advocate, this much is true. Also true: Planned Parenthood has ZERO interest in being that advocate. What it and every other abortion provider is interested in is MONEY. And hiding a teenage girl’s abuse or promiscuity from her parents or the authorities is their best way to guarantee that she will be a repeat customer.

      I worked in child care for quite a few years, and as such, I was a mandated reporter. Mandated reporters are required by law to report even a reasonable SUSPICION of abuse. I personally had to make at least two reports to CPS. I’d be curious to know how many times you, as a PP Counselor, reported child abuse, incest, or statutory rape to the authorities. Given your apparent background, I sincerely hope you reported it as often as you were aware of it, rather than encouraging young girls to maintain their silence and thus enabling their abusers.

      • Raven

        Every parent is different so I’d like it if you didn’t act like you know everyone’s situation, or what it’s like to be ostracized by your family for something like getting pregnant. Getting your ears pierced and getting an abortion are completely different things and should not even be compared to one another. For being a previous “mandate reporter” you really are ignorant. If a girl still wants to have a normal life with her family after an awful mistake that she made then you should not want to take that opportunity away from her. Some parents can be completely normal and loving until their daughter gets pregnant, and due to their culture they kick their children out of the house or become mentally, physically, and verbally abusive. So please stop walking around with your head shoved up your ass and understand that not every family is like yours. Thank you.

  • motherof5

    Planned Parenthood also refers teens to the sexetc.org website, where they give even more explicit directions on how to skirt their parents and also recruit teens to become activists for the PP cause.

    • Coo Per16

      WHich is true. Even the woman who is saying she worked there apparently had abortions. That seems to be a trend. They give abortions then convince them to convince others to have them. Women who have had abortions are less likely to question PP actions because that would mean questioning their own actions to.

      They are less likely to acknowledge the fact that an abortion kills a baby because they’ve done it too. No one likes to admit they did something horrible.

      • Letscook1

         I went to PP about a week ago to get my routine HIV test and it was the same woman who was there last for me last year. She was very obviously heavily pregnant, about 7-8 months along. I have volunteered for PP and I have never had an abortion.

        Ironically, some protesters have been known to get abortions.
        http://mypage.direct.ca/w/writer/anti-tales.html

  • Krystle

    First of all this is just stupid. Including people saying that this is okay. I don’t have a kid but I have little sisters. If one of my little sisters gets pregnant there is no reason for her to be able to go around her parents to be able to get an abortion. That’s like saying, “I know you’re only twelve but how about some plastic surgery?! You don’t even have to have parental consent!” I don’t think so. If a young girl is being abused by a family member then she needs to notify the police. I know a lot of schools and doctors who ENCOURAGE girls of abuse to report it so they can be free of that nightmare. If you condone that a girl gets an abortion instead of reporting the abuse then you’re seriously fucked in the head. Now if a girl who’s sexually active and willingly opens her legs and doesn’t have the sense to use a condom gets an abortion that’s wrong. If she can open her legs then she can get a job and take care of the consequence that resulted from consensual sex.

  • Krystle

    First of all this is just stupid. Including people saying that this is okay. I don’t have a kid but I have little sisters. If one of my little sisters gets pregnant there is no reason for her to be able to go around her parents to be able to get an abortion. That’s like saying, “I know you’re only twelve but how about some plastic surgery?! You don’t even have to have parental consent!” I don’t think so. If a young girl is being abused by a family member then she needs to notify the police. I know a lot of schools and doctors who ENCOURAGE girls of abuse to report it so they can be free of that nightmare. If you condone that a girl gets an abortion instead of reporting the abuse then you’re seriously fucked in the head. Now if a girl who’s sexually active and willingly opens her legs and doesn’t have the sense to use a condom gets an abortion that’s wrong. If she can open her legs then she can get a job and take care of the consequence that resulted from consensual sex.

  • Raven

    Agreed

  • Do Me A Favor?

    These adults in the comment section are only thinking about themselves, you guys make it seem like it’s just that easy , being able to get a abortion without your parents consent is actually helpful because their parents aren’t the ones carrying the baby and so many things will change, not all teenagers think having a abortion is right but what do you think might happen to a majority of the girls who tell their parents such news? They might make them get a abortion anyways , they wouldn’t be trusted anymore. It would be so many life changes . maybe these teens wouldn’t think to get abortions if they had understanding parents. Any teen with a understanding parent, your lucky if you have a understanding parent