Parental notification laws are laws that require that a teen’s parents be notified if they are considering an abortion; normally a teen can’t go ahead…

Parental notification laws are laws that require that a teen’s parents be notified if they are considering an abortion; normally a teen can’t go ahead with an abortion in a state that has parental notification laws without their parent’s consent. Abortion is a controversial issue itself, so it’s difficult to go into that topic without generating some sort of debate.   I think teens who are considering becoming sexually active should be aware of these laws because they might get into a lot of trouble if they become pregnant as sexually active teens. I realize that parents would want their children to tell them if they are pregnant, but it’s not realistic to assume that every teen who finds out they’re pregnant is going to want to disclose that information. If they live in a state where these laws are enforced, then at some point it’ll be difficult to continue hiding pregnancy (which I guess is one of the purposes of the law).   If a teen is aware of these laws, then it might encourage them to be more careful when engaged in sexual activity (unless of course, they’re intentionally trying to get pregnant, but that’s another issue). I don’t remember ever being told about these laws when I still had health/family planning class; teens in my state at least don’t seem to be aware of these laws.   – Allyson