Bay of Plenty Times 21st May 2011
There was once a time when parents had full authority over their children until they were 18. This was considered the age of adulthood. But times have changed. Teenagers are now doing things younger and seem to have more rights than ever. The issue of girls under 16 being legally able to keep abortions secret from their parents is a prime example – and it’s in the headlines. The issue was reignited after it was revealed a schoolgirl had an abortion arranged by a school counsellor without the mother’s knowledge. Bay principals spoken to by this newspaper are divided on the issue. The law is clear. The 2004 Care of Children Act means this can happen. But does this make it right?