16 Tex. J. Women & L. 185 (2006-2007)
Parental Involvement Laws for Abortion in the United States and the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child: Can International Law Secure the Right to Choose for Minors

handle is hein.journals/tjwl16 and id is 189 raw text is: Texas Journal of Women and the Law
Volume 16
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT LAWS FOR ABORTION
IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE UNITED
NATIONS CONVENTIONS ON THE RIGHTS OF THE
CHILD: CAN INTERNATIONAL LAW SECURE THE
RIGHT TO CHOOSE FOR MINORS?
Katie Hatziavramidis*
I.  Introduction  ........................................................................................... 186
II. The Consequences of Parental Involvement Laws and Their Impact
upon  M inors  .................................................................................... 187
III. The Current U.S. Stance toward Abortion and Parental
Involvem  ent  L aw s .......................................................................... 191
IV. International Law as a Source of Reproductive Rights for
A dolescents  ..................................................................................... 192
V. The Role of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child ............... 194
VI. United States Ratification of the CRC ................................................ 198
V II.  C onclusion  ......................................................................................... 202
*. J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 2005 (Articles & Notes Editor, Texas
International Law Journal). The author is an attorney in the greater Chicago area, and her
interests center on human and civil rights matters, particularly employment discrimination.
She has testified before the Texas Senate on parental involvement laws and been active in
the fields of gender and reproductive rights for over a decade. The author wishes to thank
Kae McLaughlin, for her unyielding support; Susan Osuch, for her encouragement and
assistance; Professor Jordan Steiker, for his course on race and sex discrimination and
dedication to such issues, the Houston EEOC office, and Claibourne Harrison, for
persuading her to submit this manuscript and for loving and believing in her. The author is
a member of Mensa, a remote member of Law Students for Choice, and was Vice-President
of Voices for Choice, from 1997-98, as an undergraduate at the University of Texas.

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