160000 Protecting abortion access for teens: Defeating parental notification in Oregon

Tuesday, November 6, 2007: 12:50 PM

Alison Edelman, MD, MPH , Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
Reproductive healthcare faced great challenges during the November 2006 election season. With one abortion ban and two parental notification ballot initiatives in three states, all eyes were on the voters of California, Oregon and South Dakota. This presentation will focus on the Oregon parental notification ballot initiative, Measure 43. If passed, Measure 43 would have prohibited teens (15 to 17 years old) from obtaining an abortion unless a physician sent a letter notifying a parent 48 hours in advance of the procedure.

With 34 states requiring some level of parental involvement in a teen's decision to have an abortion, there is a trend to further restrict access to confidential family planning care for adolescents. During the 2006 election season, Oregon physicians took a visible stand opposing Measure 43 and to protect access to confidential reproductive healthcare. This presentation will utilize Measure 43 as an example of how physician activism, supported by medical and scientific data, had an impact in curtailing such initiatives.

Learning Objectives:
List consequences of a parental notification law for minors’ access to confidential reproductive healthcare. Describe two reasons why a physicians and healthcare workers may oppose parental notification Name two states that have enacted parental involvement laws in the last year

Keywords: Abortion, Access to Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Any relevant financial relationships? No
Any institutionally-contracted trials related to this submission?

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.