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Mandatory parental involvement in minors' abortions: effects of the laws in Minnesota, Missouri, and Indiana.
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PMID:  9279279     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: This study examined the effects of parental involvement laws on the birth rate, in-state abortion rate, odds of interstate travel, and odds of late abortion for minors. METHODS: Poisson and logistic regression models fitted to vital records compared the periods before and after the laws were enforced. RESULTS: In each state, the in-state abortion rate for minors fell (relative to the rate for older women) when parental involvement laws took effect. Data offered no empirical support for the proposition that the laws drive up birth rates for minors. Although data were incomplete, the laws appeared to increase the odds of a minor's traveling out of state for her abortion. If one judges from the available data, minors who traveled out of state may have accounted for the entire observed decline in the in-state abortion rate, at least in Missouri. The laws appeared to delay minors' abortions past the eighth week, but probably not into the second trimester. CONCLUSIONS: Several empirical arguments used against and in support of parental involvement laws do not appear to be substantiated.
C Ellertson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of public health     Volume:  87     ISSN:  0090-0036     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Public Health     Publication Date:  1997 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-09-17     Completed Date:  1997-09-17     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254074     Medline TA:  Am J Public Health     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1367-74     Citation Subset:  AIM; E; IM    
Population Council, New York, NY 10017, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion Applicants / legislation & jurisprudence*,  statistics & numerical data
Abortion, Legal* / statistics & numerical data,  utilization
Age Factors
Birth Rate / trends
Empirical Research
Government Regulation*
Parental Consent*
Parental Notification*
Pregnant Women*

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