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October 13, 2005

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ARTICLE SURVEYS IMPACT OF FEDERAL AND STATE PARENTAL NOTIFICATION LAWS AND POLICIES

New Article by The Guttmacher Institute Examines Data on Adolescent Access to Confidential Health Services

Woodland Hills — A new article, “Teen Access to Confidential Reproductive Health Services,” by The Guttmacher Institute, summarizes studies and polls measuring the impact of federal and state parental notifications laws and policies throughout the United States. A full list of citations is provided, and the article is also available on The Guttmacher Institute’s website: www.guttmacher.org.

“A significant body of research indicates that teens who give birth have poor maternal and child health outcomes when compared to those who postpone childbearing until their 20s,” said Gary L. Yates, TCWF president and CEO. “Access to reproductive health care and the provision of comprehensive sexuality education are important aspects of ensuring that teens have the information and services they need to make responsible choices about their sexual health. The Guttmacher Institute’s article provides useful current and historical background on this topic.”

This article provides updated information on:

  • current federal and state policies on parental notification;
  • the results of public opinion polls administered over the past decade in the United States; and
  • minors’ access to contraceptive services and parental involvement in minors’ medical decisions, on a state-by-state basis.

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