Minors need parental consent for tanning beds, but not abortions, in Maryland


Just a reminder, the 2014 Maryland March for Life is next Monday, March 10, in Annapolis.

Here’s Maryland law relating to the use of tanning beds by minors:

An owner, employee, or operator of a tanning facility may not allow a minor under the age of 18 years to use a tanning device unless the minor’s parent or legal guardian provides written consent on the premises of the tanning facility and in the presence of an owner, employee, or operator of the tanning facility.

Maryland does not have an informed consent law that would require parental consent for a minor to have  an abortion. Maryland law does have what claims to be a parental notice law.

Under current Maryland law, an unmarried minor under the age of 18 who lives with a parent may not undergo an abortion unless one parent has been notified by the physician.  However, the law contains a significant loophole: a minor may obtain an abortion without parental notification if, in the professional judgment of the physician, notice to the parent may lead to physical or emotional abuse of the minor, the minor is mature and capable of giving informed consent to an abortion, or notice would not be in the “best interests” of the minor.

In other words, the person profiting from the abortion gets to make the decision of whether parental notification is needed.

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton is an award-winning blogger who has been aggregating and blogging since 1998. He has worked as a reporter, in government, and as a communications professional in Columbia, SC and Washington, DC.

Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.

Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.
Jeff Quinton