Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Terrence D. Wong


Several years ago I did some research on parental consent laws with respect to abortion. I was surprised at the ambiguity of the research as to the effects of such laws. No court has yet defined "mature" or"informed consent" as such to allow for an absolute determination of a minor's right to make her own decision. Like abortion, this issue is a volatile one and one which is still being fought in courtrooms across the country. Is a minor mature enough to decide whether or not she wishes to abort her child or is a parent or guardian best able to make that decision? Is parent/child communication increased as the result of such laws? What is the counselor's role in this situation? These are some of the questions I would like to look at within the context of this paper.