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North Carolina Teen Medical Restrictions Bill (HB 693)

This law was last updated on Sep 10, 2014


State

North Carolina

Number

HB 693

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Apr 9, 2013

Sponsors

Primary Sponsors: 17
Total Sponsors: 17

Topics

Parental Involvement

Full Bill Text

www.ncga.state.nc.us

HB 693 would have required that teens get parental approval for mental health, substance abuse or reproductive health care.

The bill would have amended the parental consent law, N.C.G.S. § 90-21.7 to prohibit physicians from performing an abortion on an unemancipated minor without the written notarized consent of a parent or legal guardian. Previously, the law only required written consent, not notarized written consent.

The bill also would have prohibited health-care providers from providing health-care services to an unemancipated minor for the prevention, treatment, or diagnosis of STDs, including HIV/AIDS, substance or alcohol abuse, mental illness, or pregnancy unless the minor’s parent or guardian is present and gives consent, or if the minor’s parent or guardian provides notarized written consent. Previously, the parental consent provisions applied only to abortion, and not to STDs, substance or alcohol abuse, mental illness, or pregnancy.

The law states that a minor may petition a court located where the minor resides for a waiver of consent. The court would have been required to waive consent if it made any of the following findings:

  1. The minor is mature and well-informed enough to make the abortion decision or decision regarding health-care services for the prevention, treatment, or diagnosis of STDs, including HIV/AIDS, substance or alcohol abuse, mental illness, or pregnancy;
  2. It would be in the best interest of the minor not to require parental consent; or
  3. In instances where an abortion is sought, the minor is a victim of rape or felonious incest.

The parental consent requirements would not have applied if in the physician’s best medical judgment, a medical emergency exists that requires an immediate abortion or the immediate provision of health-care services for the prevention, treatment, or diagnosis of STDs, including HIV/AIDS, substance or alcohol abuse, mental illness, or pregnancy.

STATUS

Companion bill to SB 675.


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