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 Confidentiality for teenagers is vital for thoseseeking abortions

Published 08 November 2005

 Confidentiality for teenagers is vital for thoseseeking abortions

bpas (abortion care) – UK’s leading specialist abortion provider – says that confidentiality for teenagers is vital.  Young people need to know that they can have an abortion and the health professionals treating them will keep their confidentiality. 

Ann Furedi,bpas Chief Executive says:

“Young people need to know that they can come to us for advice and support without their parents finding out.  If there is a change in the law, this could mean that young people turn up for late abortions, because of fear of adults finding out, or even being over the legal time limit.

“Having the support of your parents would be ideal, but this is not always possible and some young people might even be at risk, if their parents find out they are pregnant.  It is important that they can come to us without fear of reprisals.

“Doctors and counsellors already work hard to persuade young people to involve their parents – because obviously it’s better for young people to have parental support. They don’t need laws and regulations to compel them to do this, and sometimes there are circumstances where it isn’t the best thing. In our experience when young people can’t involve their parents, they usually involve another adult who’s close to them ”

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