Parental consent laws have a dramatic impact on the abortion rate in America. States enacting parental consent laws see abortion rates fall by 18.7 percent on average, according to research by Dr. Michael J. New of Michigan State University. Currently, 37 states require some form of parental involvement in a minor's abortion decision. Moreover, according to a 2009 Pew Research poll, 71 percent of Americans favor parental consent laws. And as the sentiments change among the people, we have and will continue to see changes in the law.
Yoest is president and CEO of Americans United for Life. McConchie is AUL's vice president of government affairs.