The ACLU wrote in a July 18, 2003 press release "Preventing Teenagers from Getting Contraceptives Unless They Tell a Parent Puts Teens at Risk," published on its website www.aclu.org:
"Studies show that preventing teens
from getting contraceptives unless they tell a parent won't stop
teenagers from having sex. It will just drive them away from the
services they need to protect themselves, leading to higher rates of
unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs),
Some people say that
allowing teenagers to get contraceptives without first telling a parent
encourages them to become sexually active... But research about how
teenagers behave flatly contradicts this theory...
teenagers' access to contraceptives... just drives them out of doctors'
offices. When teenagers don't visit family planning providers, not only
do they forego contraceptive services, they also miss or dangerously
postpone screening and treatment for STDs, routine gynecological exams,
and other vital health care services..."
Carol Ford, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, wrote in an Aug. 14, 2002 article "Limiting Confidentiality of Adolescent Health Services," published in the Journal of the American Medical Association:
is no reason that efforts to strengthen
communication between adolescents and their parents cannot take place
even though confidential health care is available to adolescents who
need or want it...
is that adolescents who need health care will not receive it and will
experience preventable negative outcomes, endangering their own health
and often the public health as well. This outcome is not in the best
interest of adolescents, their parents, or professionals dedicated to
preserving the health and well-being of this age group."
Diane Reddy, PhD, Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, et al., wrote in the Aug. 14, 2002 Journal of the American Medical Association article "Effect of Mandatory Parental Notification on Adolescent Girls' Use of Sexual Health Care Services:"
younger than 18 years and seeking services at all 33 Planned Parenthood
family planning clinics in Wisconsin... were surveyed during the spring
of 1999. A response rate of 85% was achieved, yielding a sample of 950
[T]he evidence suggests that
requiring parental notification would impede girls' use of prescribed
contraceptive services, with the majority of girls continuing to have
sexual intercourse despite restricted access to prescribed
contraceptives. Given this information, requiring parental notification
for obtaining prescribed contraceptives would likely increase unintended
pregnancies, abortions, and out-of-wedlock births."
Joseph Wheeler, President of the Pro-Life Victory Committee, wrote in his article "Parent-Free Teen Contraception Pushed," published Jan. 21, 2005 in WorldNetDaily:
"Since the policy of parental consent
instituted in our county there are no indications and no valid
scientific claims that teen pregnancy and STDs have increased. Actually,
our pregnancy rates have gone down consistent with national averages,
which I would consider a success. So have the county's abortion rates.
McHenry County [Illinois]
citizens successfully prove the positive effect that
parents are fully capable and are worthy of their authority to be
parents and the societal harms proposed by contrary prognostications are
erroneous in light of our evidence."
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, an association of Catholic leaders, released the following position in its "Parental Notification Needed in Title X Program," published on its website, www.nccbuscc.org (accessed June 15, 2010):
"Most forms of contraceptives have
potentially dangerous side effects for young women, which parents - not
clinic workers - are left to deal with. None of these drugs and devices
shields against sexually transmitted diseases...
Recent national statistics show that teen sexual activity, pregnancy
rates, and abortion rates are declining for a variety of reasons. The
messages we send to our teens should encourage this trend by stressing
the dangers of premature sexual activity. Parents are the most
appropriate and reliable people to send such a message...
Government agencies or counselors cannot replace and should not
interfere with the rights and responsibilities of loving parents,
particularly in sensitive matters dealing with human sexuality and the
transmission of human life. Government should protect the role of loving
and supportive parents, and make it possible to terminate the parental
rights of those who abuse their trust. Current policy does just the
opposite: Pushing parents out of the situation, and protecting abusers."
Leslee J. Unruh, President of the Abstinence Clearinghouse, was quoted in an article written by Sam Kastensmidt titled "AMA Calls for Parent-Free Teen Contraception," published Jan. 29, 2005 by The Center for Reclaiming America for Christians:
"[T]he AMA’s suggestion [that
lawmakers should lift all parental notification laws governing
contraception for teens] would set a
very dangerous precedent. From
birth, parents are responsible for helping their children to grow, to
learn, and to succeed. Why is it that as soon as children become
teenagers, the ability of parents to help their children is suddenly not
good enough... The dangerous road contraception education groups would
have us travel is one we cannot afford to take... Our children
deserve better. They deserve the help and direction parents can provide
in making life-altering decisions as adolescents."