New bill would implement strictest law on medical care for teenagers

Posted on: 8:22 pm, May 7, 2013, by , updated on: 08:24pm, May 7, 2013

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina could be on the verge of implementing the nation’s strictest law on medical care for teenagers, according to WRAL.

House Bill 693 would require notarized written approval from a parent before a doctor or other provider could diagnose, treat or even counsel anyone under 18 for mental health or substance abuse. According to the WRAL, parental approval would also be required for contraception, pregnancy care and testing for sexually transmitted diseases.

North Carolina would be the only state in the nation to require parental consent for STD testing.

The bill would also add a new restriction on abortion. It would require written, notarized parental permission for a minor seeking an abortion, even if the parent is present with the teen.

Read more at WRAL