Bills Require Parental Consent for Teen Healthcare
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.March 23, 2011
Maine lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on two proposals that would prevent teenagers from receiving certain health services without their parents' permission. LD 31 would prohibit pharmacists or clinics from dispensing prescription drugs to minors without parental consent, and LD 746 would require parental consent before a minor could receive treatment for substance abuse or emotional and psychological problems, the Bangor Daily News reports. Opponents to the bills say they would make Maine the most restrictive state in terms of minors' privacy, and adolescents' health "will be placed at risk" with these bills, said the executive director of the Maine Osteopathic Association.