Do I need my parents’ consent for an abortion?
If you are a minor, you generally need the consent of your parents or guardian. This also depends on your age.
At what age do I need my parents’ consent for an abortion?
By law, young people under the age of 18 need the consent of their parents or guardian for certain types of medical treatment:
If you are under 12 years oldYour parents must give consent before you can have an abortion.
If you are between 12 and 16 years oldYou need your parents’ consent. But if there are special circumstances you should contact your GP or a doctor at an abortion clinic. The doctor will then decide whether you fully understand the consequences of your decision to have an abortion. Doctors have a duty of confidentiality to their patients. So they will not inform your parents about the abortion unless you agree.
If you are between 16 and 18 years oldYou only need your parents’ consent if the doctor decides that you are unable to make a well-considered decision on your own.
If you are 18 years or olderYou are not a minor and do not need your parents’ consent for an abortion.