About the competency of the expectant mother to consent to the proper procedure: 16-year old girl became pregnant by her boyfriend while living at home. She moved out of her home, and saw a physician to see about getting an abortion. Her parents sued the doctor.
Was the 16-year old girl capable of giving informed consent?
Age is not a barrier to consent; all that matters is that the person is able to understand the risks and benefits of treatment.
Kerans J: Parental rights to control their child diminish as the child ages and becomes capable of making his or her own decisions (the "age of discretion")
Decision in favour of doctor.