Big changes could be coming that would restrict teens access to health care in our state, unless they have consent from their parents.
Several doctors groups are on the record, opposing the bill in the state house, arguing the measure could deter teens from getting medical care when they need it most. Teens would need notarized parental consent to get tested or treated for STD's and other communicable diseases, substance abuse, behavioral, emotional or mental health and pregnancy.
The bill's supporters say it's a "parents rights" bill, helping restore a parents' play in guiding their child's medical care.
The bill could come up for a vote as early as today.