North Carolina May Ban STD Testing, Counseling for Teens

A North Carolina State House committee on Tuesday passed House Bill 693, which would ban teenagers from getting STD tests or counseling for sexually transmitted diseases without a parent’s consent.

State Rep. Marilyn Avila (R) said that current laws allowing teens to get STD testing and counseling are “undermining our families."

Avila (pictured) admitted that the bill placed “less emphasis on individual children and more on the family.”

According to NewsObserver.com, the bill “would repeal a four-decade old law that has allowed minors to seek treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and birth control without a parent’s or guardian’s consent.”

The bill would also require parental approval for anyone under the age of 18 seeking substance abuse, mental health treatment or pregnancy care.

“That would be the strictest bill in the country because no other state requires parental consent for STD testing,” reports WRAL-TV.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "nearly half of the 19 million new STDs each year are among young people aged 15–24 years."

WRAL-TV reported in 2011 that North Carolina ranked 14th among the 50 states for chlamydia and seventh for gonorrhea.

Sources: NewsObserver.com, WRAL-TV, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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