RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Some North Carolina lawmakers want to require minors seeking treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and other problems to get parental consent first.
The House Health and Human Services Committee approved a bill Tuesday that would require minors to obtain notarized consent from a parent or guardian to be treated for an STD, pregnancy, substance abuse or emotional disturbance. Current law requires consent only for abortions.
The bill includes exceptions where federal healthcare funding prohibits such restrictions, for judicial waivers of consent and in cases of emergency.
Rep. Chris Whitmire of Brevard says his bill helps ensure behaviors that led to the initial problem are addressed by parents. Opponents say it will discourage minors from seeking treatment.
The bill heads to the full House next.
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