ERIC Number: ED323473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Primary Prevention--Ethical Issues.
Diamond, Eugene F.
A careful analysis by Zelnik and Kanter of the Department of Population Dynamics at Johns Hopkins disclosed that abortions, unwed teenage pregnancies, venereal diseases, and sexual promiscuity have all increased dramatically in spite of a massive public and private program of contraceptive indoctrination and dissemination. This increase is attributed, in part, to the adoption by schools and planned parenthood clinics of a relativistic "values clarification" approach to values, which avoids indoctrination or "taking sides." This approach deprives parents, school, and society of the right to provide standards for sexual behavior, and leaves young people vulnerable to peer pressure alone. Accordingly, the concept of mandatory parental notification for abortion and other consequences of teenage sexuality is endorsed, and legal issues surrounding adolescents' right to privacy and parents' right to notification are reviewed and discussed. Contraceptive counselors seldom make any effort to involve parents, yet parental pressure can be an effective counterpoint to the overwhelming influence of peer pressure in reducing adolescent unwed pregnancy. There are no hard data to support the dire predictions of undesirable consequences flowing from mandatory parental notification. Given the present crisis, this approach therefore deserves implementation and evaluation. (TE)
Descriptors: Abortions, Adolescents, Contraception, Family Involvement, Illegitimate Births, Legal Problems, Moral Development, Moral Values, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Influence, Parent Responsibility, Parent Rights, Peer Influence, Privacy, Sex Education, Sexuality, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Social Problems, Values Clarification
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual American Academy of Pediatrics Conference (Boston, MA, October 5-10, 1990).