LEGISLATIVE ALERT on HB847 – puts minors at risk
House Bill 847, Amend Laws Re: Medical Treatment of Minors, is a very bad bill. The hard right has repeatedly attacked existing law that guarantees confidential medical treatment for minors for venereal disease, pregnancy, substance abuse, and mental illness. The medical community supports the current law (maintaining minor consent) because there is good reason to believe that in many cases minors would not seek medical help if they knew that their parents would be informed. It is unfortunate when minors feel they cannot confide in their parents, but all caring parents would prefer for their children to obtain the medical help they need instead of having their conditions go untreated. House Bill 847 would require parental consent for minors to be treated for these conditions. The second provision of House Bill 847 would protect parents from charges of neglect or abuse of minor children if they are following medical advice even if the advice they are following is discredited or rejected by the medical community as a whole.
It appears that, among other things, this bill would provide cover for parents who subject their minor children to medically discredited therapies to “cure” them of homosexuality and would leave no recourse for concerned family members, health care professionals, or other adults.
Before crossover, you could ask your House representative to OPPOSE HB847. Now, after crossover, talk to your NC Senator.
How to reach your legislators – https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/to-take-action-contact-your-representatives-on-a-bill/
The medical community has a nice writeup with the many reasons they oppose removing minor consent/requiring parental consent for certain health services for minors. This write up gathers consensus opposing HB847 from “The North Carolina Pediatric Society, NC Medical Society, North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, NC Psychiatric Association, North Carolina Obstetrical & Gynecological Society, NC Association of Local Health Directors, North Carolina College of Emergency Physicians, NC Nurses Association and NC Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.”