Do Your Parents Need to Know about an Abortion if You Are Under 18?

Teenage girl looking thoughtful about troubles

An unplanned pregnancy may leave you facing difficult decisions, including whether to tell your parents about your situation. Abortion laws vary by state, so it’s important to know your rights and how they apply in your situation. Seeking answers and support from a women’s clinic can help you make the right decision with regard to your health and future.

Understanding Your Rights
In Washington, DC, the law provides that no parental consent is needed to receive an abortion or seek any other OB/GYN services. This means you do not need to tell your parents, grandparents, or any guardian or family member about your pregnancy and whether you wish to end it. Washington Surgi-Clinic will not ask for any consent but your own when you visit us for services. We maintain strict patient confidentiality for women of all ages, including those under 18. You do not need to worry that your parents or any other family members or guardians will find out about your visit or any services you have received.

Making Your Decision
The decision to terminate or maintain a pregnancy is yours, but you can seek help beyond your parents if you are worried about making this decision alone. Friends can lend support or act as a sounding board to help you weigh your options. You may also wish to seek advice from an adult , such as a clergy member or school counselor, who must also respect your right to privacy during confession or counseling. Additionally, the staff and physicians at your abortion clinic can provide you with the information you need to make your decision. They will help you understand any risks and benefits with compassion, respect, and objectivity.

If you have questions about pregnancy or abortion, contact Washington Surgi-Clinic by calling (202) 659-9403. We are dedicated to the protection of your privacy and rights during the abortion process. Please explore our website to learn more about our services, including our commitment to providing affordable rates and payment options for all women.