Monday, May 6, 2013

NY to Give Vaccines to Minors Without Parental Consent

Girl Staring Up at Syringe and New York (Photo
of girl by Anthony Kelly, Syringe by
William Rafti Institute)
NY to Give Vaccines to Minors Without Parental Consent
May 6, 2013 | Gaia Health Blog | Christina England

It’s illegal for children to vote. It’s illegal for children to choose to drink alcohol. It’s illegal for children to drive. It’s illegal for children to give consent for medical procedures. Yet, New York is planning to let children give consent for vaccinations, a potentially life-changing or destroying procedure, without parental consent?

On Monday, May 6, a new bill is to be brought to the New York State Assembly floor which will allow licensed physicians to administer preventative medical care for sexually transmitted diseases, including vaccines to minors without their parent’s permission.

This will include the vaccinations for hepatitis B and HPV.

The reasoning behind the bill is that section 2305 of the public health law currently permits a licensed physician or a staff physician to diagnose and treat a person under the age of 21 infected or exposed to a sexually transmissible disease without the consent or knowledge of the parents or guardians.

The bill states that the current law does not allow young people the same access to care as adults to prevent sexually transmissible diseases.

The bill states:
Teens should not be limited to access to care on a confidential basis after the fact, or after infection or contraction of a sexually transmissible disease. Teens should have access to confidential care before infection or contracting the sexually transmissible disease, to prevent disease or life-threatening illness such as cervical cancer and liver cancer.[1]
When a bill of this nature becomes law, minors can be vaccinated without their parent’s permission, and vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases could also be able to be given to newborns without parental consent.

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