Teen Vogue recently published an article that directed teens how to obtain an abortion without their parents’ knowledge or consent.
What are the details?
Contributor Nona Willis Aronowitz penned the article, which was published in an advice column last week on the magazine’s website, titled, “How to Get an Abortion If You’re a Teen.”
A teen wrote the magazine, saying, “I’m 16, I’m pregnant, and I don’t want to be. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to get an abortion without my parents’ permission, but I’m really scared to tel them because they are both against abortion. What should I do?”
Aronowitz said that she, too, faced a similar conundrum when she was just 15 years old — but “luckily” for her, her mother was on board with terminating the potential pregnancy.
“I obsessed over a potential unplanned pregnancy to my best friend over the phone,” Aronowitz wrote. “I knew for sure I didn’t want a baby, and I was raised with very little shame around sex.”
Aronowitz’s mother came to the rescue and obtained the morning-after pill “without judging or admonishing” her teen daughter.
“I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to be ashamed of. Accidents can happen even to the most careful among us,” Aronowitz explained. “And it’s only logical that if teens are mature enough to become parents, they are mature enough to decide whether or not they want to give birth.”
“Having access to abortion should be your right, regardless of your parents’ beliefs,” Aronowitz added. She even went as far as to explain the teen’s legal rights.
“There is a legal option in 36 states that would let you get an abortion without parental approval called a judicial bypass procedure — an infantilizing holdup to which nobody should have to resort,” Aronowitz explained, adding that if the teen is unable to find the courage to tell her parents, she should at least tell another adult.
“Seeking out an empathetic authority figure will make you feel less alone and help you process your emotions,” Aronowitz wrote, “because everybody loves someone who’s had an abortion. Including you.”
The outlet also shared the article on Twitter, captioning it, “Having access to abortion should be your right, regardless of your parents’ beliefs.”