NC Republicans pass bill forcing teenagers to get parental permission to treat STDs and mental illness
Posted 10 May 2013 - 03:36 AM
Posted 10 May 2013 - 07:23 AM
So you are saying teens think like this: if I get a STD n the laws of my state say I will not have to inform my parents, i will go ahead and have more sex today or hey yeah i'll go ahead and try it this weird way..my parents won't know....WHAT?!? Who thinks like this? Simple answer: no one!
The kids who go ahead and engage in risky behaviors usually do not seek the opinion of their parents or foresee past the moment anyway.
As a dad it would be nice that you are the final say but to demand and expect that behaviors will not happen without your medical consent is a bit dellusional.
I know my kids pretty well. If they thought that I woudl not find out about certain things, they definitely would be more apt to engage in that behavior. The fear of me finding out is a big deterant to them.
Lastly, as a parent I absolutely feel it is my right to be involved in the decision for medical treatment of my "underage" children. I do not want the government saying that I have no say in my kids seeking medical treatment.
They need to stay out of this area. They are intruding on parental rights.
Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:17 AM
I am sensing Mcrory is really trying to make an impact to be possibly be groomed quickly for the next GOP canidate. The policies he seems to support will make him a hero in his circles and target him as a guy who can get crazy policies passed.
He is a likable guy and you have to make a quick rise now with little track record to scrutinize.
If my daughter got an STD I would have course be disappointed...if she never got it treated or waited Id be furious...my permission or not.
No parents anger will change the situation and this bill is just so 1950.
Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:34 AM
see, the thing is, I think the intimidation/fear angle only works on the situation itself and rarely applies to forethought. Kids might be afraid to tell you about the fact they *had* sex, or might be deterred from *having* sex, but getting an STD from sex isn't a choice kids see themselves as making I think. This law makes it so that parental permission must be acquired for *treatment*. The way I see it, if kids are inspired by fear not to do certain things because parents may find out, what they'll do now is avoid getting treatment for an STD - because that's what is where the legislation is requiring parental permission.
I do not think this will seriously reduce the number of kids that have unprotected sex. It is requiring a hell of a lot of forethought for the part of teenagers. While STDs are worries, I think that most people don't consider treatment options before they get them - they worry about how to prevent them - so if kids are already at a point where they are considering treatment, they are past the point where we're stopping them from having sex with fear.
Posted 10 May 2013 - 09:13 AM
Stds seem to be trending up and if the repercussion of an std isn't enough to alter risky behavior then maybe the mere thought you catch something and if its so bad you finally go to the doc and he tells your parents then maybe its enough of a hassle to avoid altogether. Maybe. Maybe not.
And let's not give kids little credit on understanding the risks. They have so much at their fingertips on stds.
If things were trending down I might see this dif. I'm still torn tho because I totally agree that facing mom might be so shameful a kid just messes up and contracts something and just deals with it. Then who knows after that.