Parental Notification Policies in U.S. Abortion Facilities, 1979-1980
Investigators: Aida Torres

The survey provides information on patterns followed by abortion clinics in 1979-1980 regarding parental consent and notification policies for teenagers. Data include at what age services are provided without parental consent or notification, what procedures are followed to obtain parental consent or to notify parents, and under what circumstances teenagers might be served without consent or notification. Conducted between October 1979 and March 1980, the survey consisted of a questionnaire mailed to 2,110 hospitals and freestanding clinics across the country that report abortion services, including private physicians who performed more than 100 abortions during the first quarter of 1978. The final sample includes a total of 645 respondent agencies, weighted by type of agency and by caseload.

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