Proposed bill would create sweeping new exemption from parental consentBy Rhode Island Right to Life
NRL News Today - June 8, 2018
House Bill 7193 provides that: “…any person, including, but not limited to, a minor who is pregnant, may give effective consent for medical, dental, health and hospital services relating to prenatal, delivery, and post-delivery care. Consent shall not be given pursuant to this subsection for abortion or sterilization.”
The proposed language creates a sweeping new exemption from parental consent for pregnant minors, girls as young as 12!
There are well-established reasons for parental decision making when it comes to the medical treatment of adolescents and children. The virtual nullification of parental involvement and consent proposed in H7193 goes too far. The “hard cases” cited by proponents in support of H7193 indicate the need for more protection — not less protection — for these vulnerable minors.
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