Abortion Laws and Telling your Parents:
When considering an abortion, teenagers must consider Maryland’s parental notification law. In the ideal situation, you would already be in communication with your parents about your crisis pregnancy. However, sometimes it can be a scary thing. Girls think, “my parents will kill me!”, but often the outcome of including parental guidance is much better than imagined.
Sometimes, girls mistakenly believe that an abortion is the only way of getting through their crisis pregnancy without having to tell their parents or guardian. However, in the State of Maryland, the law requires that before performing an abortion on a girl under the age of 18, the abortionist must notify a parent. So when considering your options, remember that your parents will find out at some point, so they might as well hear it from you. And while they may not be happy at first, your parents will probably turn out to be your best allies. No matter what you decide to do, they should be included in your decision process.
Abortion is surgery. As such, there are risks and complications, just as with any other surgery. If something goes wrong and you end up in the emergency room, wouldn't you want your parents there?
If you are afraid of talking to your parents, start by going to another trusted individual. That person may help you talk to your parents. Go slowly and be understanding. Remember how you felt when you found out? They are going through all those emotions and more, especially because you are their child and they love you. If you need additional help, there are many counselors available at pregnancy resource centers.