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Do women under 16 need permission from their parents/guardians to have an abortion?

No, but all patients must give their informed consent. Doctors are likely to encourage young people to involve their parents but the young person does not  have to if the doctor believes they fully understand the implications of their decision. Doctors must keep information about patients, including under-16s, confidential, unless disclosure is to protect the patient, or someone else, from the risk of significant harm, or if they are required to do so by a court.