On Tuesday, the NC General Assembly approved a bill that would require teenagers to provide notarized parental approval in order to access STD testing, STD treatment, mental health counseling, pregnancy care or substance abuse treatment. This bill, House Bill 693, will take away crucial human rights of any number of at-risk children. If this bill passes, who will children of neglectful parents turn to? What about teenagers in situations of incest or abuse?
Supporters of the bill claim that this bill may bring a child’s risky behavior to their parents’ attention. But the sad fact is, not all families are ideal, and not all parents have the best interests of their children in mind. Why can’t we trust competent parents to keep an eye on their children on their own, without North Carolina’s help, and allow children of neglectful or abusive parents to advocate for themselves?
Sign & signal boost, folks. You know the drill. (ETA: Link is fixed.)
Signal boosted. This bill is shameful.