A Big Controversy Minors and Birth Control Consent - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/13/02

A Big Controversy Minors and Birth Control Consent

It is a controversial issue, whether or not parents should be notified if their teenager asks for birth control. A lot of people say yes, parents should know. So, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee quizzed a thousand girls under the age of 18 who were seeking sexual health services at various clinics.

As reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 59% of the teen girls surveyed said if their parents were told they were trying to get birth control, they would stop using sexual health care services, and delay testing or treatment for HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases, and while 99% of those girls said they would keep having sex.

The study offered this conclusion: "Not only would requiring parental notification increase unintended pregnancies, abortions, and out of wedlock births, but it would also potentially increase rates of Sexually Transmitted Diseases," says Diane M. Reddy, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

In recent years, 10 different states have introduced legislation mandating some sort of parental involvement when minors ask for contraceptives, but nothing has passed. So, even in Texas, teens can ask for birth control without getting their parents involved. For more information, (click here).

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