Parental consent would be required before minors could seek medical treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy or substance abuse if a proposed bill by Minnesota Republicans becomes law. The bill aims to rollback a 40-year-law that allows minors medical privacy.
The Rochester Post-Bulletin spoke with the bill’s sponsor:
“It seems if you talk to any parent, most would assume they have the right to know about the medical condition of their child,” said Sen. David Hann, a Republican from Eden Prairie who sponsored the bill. “I think it’s a surprise to find out that we don’t.”
The bill would make Minnesota the only state to require parental approval before a minor could be screened or treated for STDs [PDF].
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