The Abortion Rights of Adolescents Should Be Coextensive with Those of Adults--a Theoretical Framework


Chad M. Gerson


The aim of this article is to argue that the abortion rights of adolescents should be coextensive with those of adults. The first section of the article reviews research in child development which has demonstrated that adolescents are able to make informed, mature decisions on procreative issues. The second section reviews cases which have defined the contours of adult women’s abortion rights, and argues that the reasoning behind those holdings also applies to adolescents.


Family Law | Juvenile Law | Law and Gender | Sexuality and the Law | Social Welfare Law

Date of this Version

September 2006