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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

5 Worst Ideas From North Carolina’s Tea Party Legislature

Requiring Notarized Parental Consent for STD Testing


A bill introduced in April that is making its way through the House chamber would require teens to present written consent to obtain certain health services, including “testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, birth control prescriptions, pregnancy care, mental health counseling, and substance abuse treatment.”

House Bill 693 is an alleged attempt made on behalf of NC House Republicans to bring families closer together. The bill’s sponsor, State Representative Chris Whitmire, said the bill will help “restore parental rights and lines of communication within families.”

The bill, if passed, would deter teens from seeking services out of fear or lack of authority figures at home. “Here’s the bottom line: Everybody wants teenagers to talk to their parents, but public policy is not based on ideal families,” Paige Johnson, vice president of external affairs for Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, said in an interview with the Huffington Post. “What if there’s something happening in the home, some kind of abuse going on? If teenagers can’t talk to their parents for whatever reason about their pregnancy or their STD or their substance abuse, they need to be able to access professional care.”

In a state that has some of the highest rates of STDs and teen pregnancies, NC Tea Party Republicans prefer to just ignore the problem and make it exceedingly difficult for teens to get access to essential services.

Photo: Huffington Post

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