For the purpose of dealing with abortion or birth control, it seems like it would be reasonable compromise to have a separate sup-section of the medical record that delt with those issues unless there was a complication like an allergy. I do think all parts of the medical records should be open to the parents, but if that is not an option, than at least let them have access to the rest of the medical records.
ETA - You can't drive until you are 16. You can't vote until you are 18. You can't smoke until you are 18. You can't drink until you are 21. You can't rent a car until you are 25. (All subject to area) You can not sign a contract until age 18. But you can alter your body at age 12?
I am confused on why the author of that article included the fact that's NY supports gay marriage because of course that coincides with privacy laws.
I still seriously do not know what they have to do with each other. I see it as a veiled way of bringing abortion into a debate that has nothing to do with abortion.Do you think the state of New York has gone overboard in putting 12 year olds in charge of their own medical decisions as a way to bypass parental consent for abortions?
The connection to abortion was made in the article that Gloria linked to. They are basically saying why else would NY make this law if not to allow girls to have abortions without parental consent or involvement.
I am curious as to why NY would reduce the age requiring consent to 12 when federally, under HIPAA, it is 18. Does anyone have any idea what their reasoning is on that?
CARRIE and DH 7/14/07
Gloria are you deliberately misrepresenting this article? Where does this article say ONE WORD about the child being "in charge of his medical decisions". I am so completely confused about your intent, between your bringing abortion into a dislocated finger and your claim that a billing mishap is now a pre pubescent making medical decisions this whole debate is a hot mess of agenda.
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They can see their childs medical records. A child just has to consent. Its very simple. Consenting is a one word process. "Yes". See? Easy! I have to do it for my husband to see my records, too. Easy.