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Support from parents is major factor in teens’ decision to reject abortion

by | Jul 15, 2022

By Sarah Terzo

The authors of a study on teen pregnancy and the abortion decision found that:

“The knowledge that as a teenage mother they would not be on their own and still considered as a part of their family was crucial to many young women in their decision to continue [with the pregnancy].”

They quoted a teenage girl named Leone who decided against abortion. She said:

“If my mum and dad said they wouldn’t support me I think that would have changed my mind, because I wouldn’t have been able to afford to look after her.”

Sharon Tabberer, Christine Hall, Shirley Prendergast, and Andrew Webster Teenage Pregnancy and Choice: Abortion or Motherhood: Influences on the Decision (York, UK: Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2000) p.24.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.

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