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NC House approves bill requiring teens to get parents’ OK for birth control

[bold] Parents would have to give their teenagers permission before they could receive birth control or be treated for sexually transmitted diseases, substance abuse or mental illness, under a bill approved in a House committee on Tuesday. [/bold]

Opponents said it would be the most restrictive law in the nation and would put teenagers’ health

in danger. Supporters say the intention is to restore parental control over their children’s lives.

The bill would also require minors or their parents to visit a notary public to affirm the parental permission that is already required under state law before they could receive an abortion. In another abortion-related vote, the full House voted later Tuesday to prohibit abortions that are based on the gender of the fetus.

If the parental consent bill passes, House Bill 693 would repeal a four-decade old law that has allowed minors to seek treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and birth control without a parent’s or guardian’s consent.

Rep. Marilyn Avila, a Republican from Raleigh, said laws like that have been “undermining our families” for the past 20 or 30 years. She said what’s needed is “less emphasis on individual children and more on the family.”

But Rep. Verla Insko, a Democrat from Chapel Hill, said the law was enacted back in the 1970s because “there were real problems.”

“Teenagers were delaying treatment,” Insko said. “They were getting sicker, they were spreading venereal disease, in some cases committing suicide because they could not talk to their parents.”

The bill would require minors seeking treatment for those health concerns to either go to the doctor’s office with a parent or guardian, or show up with a notarized authorization.

The House Health and Human Services Committee heard from two pediatricians and the Covenant with North Carolina Children urging them to vote against the bill, saying it would undermine teenagers’ relationship with their doctors. The physicians said they always encourage minors to involve their parents, but in some cases that isn’t possible.

The committee also heard from two advocacy groups on the other side: the N.C. Values Coalition and the N.C. Family Policy Council. Both said the bill would give parents common-sense authority over their children.

The vote passed 14-8, and now goes to the full House.

The sex-selection abortion ban bill, House Bill 716, passed the House on a 79-40 vote, with three Democrats crossing party lines to vote with the Republicans: Rep. Kelly Alexander of Charlotte, Rep. Larry Bell of Clinton and Rep. Larry Brisson of Dublin.

It would expose doctors to lawsuits and heavy fines if they knowingly perform an abortion because of the gender of the fetus.

The primary sponsor of the legislation, Rep. Ruth Samuelson, a Republican from Charlotte, acknowledged it isn’t known if there are any sex-selection abortions in North Carolina, but she said one would be too many.

Rep. Deborah Ross, a Democrat from Raleigh, said she opposes the bill because it expands the number of people who can sue physicians – a woman’s parents or spouse, for example – and that it could lead to racial profiling. Testimony in a committee meeting raised concerns that it was aimed at people from Asian countries, where there have been reports of aborting female fetuses.

Most abortions are performed in the early stages of pregnancy before the sex of the fetus is known.

“It’s a smokescreen,” said Rep. Alma Adams, a Democrat from Greensboro. “The real agenda is to punish doctors and ban all legal abortions in our state.”

by Anonymousreply 1205/09/2013

I really, really hope this passes in N.C. so we can witness skyrocketing teen STDs and pregnancies. I'm very serious.

by Anonymousreply 105/08/2013

Do the restrictions on birth control apply to condoms, or only the forms used by girls?

Seriously, this is one hell of an evil bill.

by Anonymousreply 205/08/2013

[quote] Supporters say the intention is to restore parental control over their children’s lives.

What was stopping them from having control in the first place?

by Anonymousreply 305/08/2013

Their next bill will require all decisions about ones sexuality go through them for their approval.

by Anonymousreply 405/08/2013

They have to go to a fucking notary public with their parents before going to a doctor for treatment of an STD or to get an abortion.

by Anonymousreply 505/08/2013

In the last election the Rethugs took over the whole state government in NC. Now it's Repuglicunts gone wild...just like they did in MI, OH, WI, PA, VA. They have gerrymandered state legislature districts and the congressional districts in 30 of the 50 states they now control. If the Dems don't go after them in the courts for this nonsense we are screwed in 2014-2020.

by Anonymousreply 605/08/2013

At first glance, this looks like a misguided effort to increase the number of illegitimate babies by "Christians" who seem to believe that the more illegitimate babies the better.

But the world is moving beyond them. In the old days, say 2009, the girl goes to her parent and asks for permission to obtain birth control. The parent refuses and the girl gets pregnant. Mission accomplished.

Times have changed. Now the girl goes to her parent and asks for permission to obtain birth control, and the parent says "sure, whatever." Though the parent might worry about why her 11-year-old daughter wouldn't want to have a baby.

by Anonymousreply 705/08/2013

So a teenager has a parent who refuses to allow birth control. The teen gets knocked up and the parent disowns the child. Now it's the teens problem and tax payers problem.

If parents don't want their kids to use birth control, they should have to sign a legally binding agreement that they will financially support their grandkids through the age of 18.

by Anonymousreply 805/09/2013

As usual with conservatives, this isn't about controlling births. This is about controlling SEX. Stamping it out. Stopping it. Because if must be CONTROLLED.

by Anonymousreply 905/09/2013

Nanny State! It's the government dictating to parents how they should parent!

by Anonymousreply 1005/09/2013

This will surely stop all unmarried Christians from having sex. Satan will take care of the others.

by Anonymousreply 1105/09/2013

This isn't just about sex and birth control. It's about CONTROL, period:

[quote] Parents would have to give their teenagers permission before they could receive birth control or be treated for sexually transmitted diseases, substance abuse or mental illness, under a bill approved in a House committee on Tuesday.

by Anonymousreply 1205/09/2013
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