According to an article by Marilyn Elias in the May 15 edition of USA Today, the Academy has taken the position that "teen-agers should be able to get legal abortions without their parents' knowledge or permission."

The news article was a response to the AAP policy statement developed by the AAP Committee on Adolescence (COA), "The Adolescent's Right to Confidential Care When Considering Abortion" (May 1996 Pediatrics).

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