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It was a relief to hear that the courts decided to rule in favour of
confidentiality. We have to accept the concept of a mature minor and that
even though a girl may be under the age of 16 she may know the
consequences of her action. As with the GILLICK decision, I feel the
doctor should make reasonable enough attempts to try and persuade the
youngster to inform her parents of her decision even though the final
decision rests with the youngster herself.
Making it mandatory for parents to be aware would only be counter
productive and would lead to illegal abortions, something which, society
is better off without.