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Study Finds Parental Involvement in Abortion Correlates with Decreased Suicide Rates

Mark in CA Wrote: Dec 08, 2012 3:46 PM
The article begins by discussing a study that shows an inverse correlation between parental consent laws and teen suicides. I would like to specifics about that study. The fact it was a study from the CDC causes me to suspect the correlation is significant. However, the article then goes on to site statistics of total suicides at and claim that these statistics somehow support the CDC study. In fact, those Statemaster statistics do no such thing. Look, I do believe kids tend to be mentally healthier with caring parents who are involved in their lives. There is enough research available along with common sense to demonstrate this. I think it's a losing battle to argue otherwise.
wtmoore1 Wrote: Dec 08, 2012 4:16 PM
Thank you, Mark!!!!

It's fairly obvious that their raw numbers of suicides mixed with their statistics supports a correlation AT BEST.

And it's even more obvious that parental support will lead to less teen suicides. Too bad no one had addressed the fact that, if consent laws encourage the good parents to provide more support, it will also encourage the abusers to react. The problem with parental consent isn't what happens with the good parents who provide emotional support to their kids--the problem is that, in the circumstances where the pregnancy is due to incest or abuse within the family, consent laws can actually empower the abuser to cover up his crimes.

And the above statistics do nothing to undercut that proposition...
RGR24 Wrote: Dec 08, 2012 3:53 PM
The article says "correlation" not cause and effect. The time that the sun rises correlates with my alarm setting but one does not cause the other.
RGR24 Wrote: Dec 08, 2012 3:54 PM
The drop in crime by younger men dropped precipitously 17 years after Roe vs. Wade was passed. This is a correlation, not a proof that one caused the other.

A study entitled, “The Effect of Parental Involvement Laws on Youth Suicide” conducted from 1987 to 2003, found that a law requiring parental consent before a minor can have an abortion correlated with a 11 – 21 percent drop in suicides among 15-17-year-olds. The research comes from the Center for Disease Control Mortality Reports and concludes the results “are consistent with the hypothesis that parental involvement laws…serve to protect young females from depression and what have been termed ‘stressful life events.’”

The Guttmacher Institute lists a chart of each state’s parental consent laws for abortion. Only three, Kansas,...