Q6. I am under 16; do I have to get my parents permission to have an abortion?

A6. No as long as your GP or a doctor at an abortion clinic feels that you are able to make a mature decision about your pregnancy. If you show that you fully understand what an abortion involves then you will be considered for this procedure.

But if they feel that you are uncertain about having an abortion or do not comprehend what it means then they will suggest that you bring an adult with you to the consultation.

Your medical records are kept confidential so your parents will not find out that you have had an abortion. However, your GP may suggest that you mention it to your parents as they can provide much needed help and support.

Find out more in our teenagers and abortion section.

FAQS Index:

Abortion FAQs

  1. My pregnancy is unplanned, should I consider an abortion?
  2. Does abortion hurt?
  3. Why is abortion such a controversial issue?
  4. I am thinking about having an abortion; what do I need to consider?
  5. Is there more than one type of abortion?
  6. I am under 16; do I have to get my parents permission to have an abortion?
  7. How much does an abortion cost?
  8. What reasons do women give for having an abortion?
  9. Should I have my abortion on the NHS or at a private clinic?
  10. Does counselling help?
  1. How do I arrange an abortion on the NHS?
  2. How do I arrange an abortion at a private clinic?
  3. What is a ‘late term abortion?’
  4. How safe is an abortion?
  5. Will having an abortion make me infertile?
  6. What happens at the initial consultation?
  7. What are the risks of an abortion?
  8. What can I expect after my abortion?
  9. What is the aftercare?
  10. Will I be able to have a baby some point in the future even though I have had an abortion?

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