A recent survey conducted among 6,047 Albertans has revealed significant support for involving parents in the decision-making process when a minor seeks an abortion.
Current regulations in Alberta don’t require either parental consent or notification.
According to the National Public Research Canada poll, over half of the respondents (52%) believe that both parental notification and consent should be mandatory for a minor to undergo an abortion procedure.
A smaller segment of the population, 10%, expressed that parents should be notified about their minor child’s abortion, but their consent should not be a prerequisite.
Meanwhile, 30% of Albertans surveyed said that neither consent nor notification should be necessary for minors seeking abortion procedures.
The survey also found that 9% remained undecided on the issue.
The findings are likely to fuel further debate among policymakers, healthcare providers, and the public on the appropriate balance between protecting minors’ rights and ensuring parental involvement in such critical decisions.
Premier Danielle Smith recently announced a number of policies related to children’s rights, parental rights, and women’s rights as they related to transgender rights, including so-called trans kids’ rights.