Monday, January 23, 2006

Teenagers have right to medical privacy

A High Court judge has ruled that teenagers may receive confidential sexual health advice and treatment (such as an abortion) without compulsory notification of their parents:

Mr Justice Silber ruled that Ms Axon, who has five children - or any other parent - had no right to know unless the child decided otherwise.

To force a girl to tell her parents "may lead her to make a decision that she later regrets or seek the assistance of an unofficial abortionist"

The plaintiff claimed her only objective was to ensure the trust, transparency and respect that are essential for family life. Trying to prevent her daughters from receiving confidential medical advice does not seem the best way to instill these values in her children.

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