School sends girl alone in cab to get an abortion, did not inform mother

At the Seattle high school where an on-campus health clinic sent a 15-year-old girl off in a taxi by herself to get an abortion during school hours, the consent form that parents sign to allow their children to use the clinic during the year does not mention “abortion,” only “reproductive-health care.” The girl’s mother had no idea that the form she signed would result in her daughter getting an abortion. An official of the high school clinic said, “Not every individual is aware of what is included in ‘reproductive-health care.’ We’re going to work constructively with our partners and experts in adolescent health to strategize the best ways to communicate that.”

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