Girls Fifteen Years Old OK for Sterilization in Oregon Without Parents' Consent
Welcome to Oregon
Oregon has decided that fifteen year old minors are old enough to choose permanent sterilization as an option for birth control. They can do this without their parents' consent. Because of the new Obamacare, taxpayers may be paying for it.
Obamacare plan includes free care (with conditions)...on or after August 1, 2012 for all [FDA] approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity."
Consent defined-"an act of reason and deliberation" by a person "who possesses and exercises sufficient mental capacity to make an intelligent decision."
At this time, Oregon has deemed the appropriate age of consent and reproductive capacity at fifteen. According to Obamacare, however, sterilization is available for all women with reproductive capabilities. if Oregon can define a woman in this case as a girl of 15, what would stop someone from making it younger? After all, females can give birth as early as five!
The Irony of Oregon Law
Can they really act with good judgement, understanding the real implications of their decision?
According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, teen brain development studies show teens are "less likely to:
- Think before they act.
- Pause to consider the potential consequences of their actions.
- Modify their dangerous or inappropriate behaviors.
How many 15 year olds would choose sterilization simply because they were angry or hurt over a broken relationship? Making an impulsive decision to be sterilized for life may soon become a reality for families everywhere.
The irony of Oregon's decision makes the following laws confusing:
- 18-Age to get a driver's license without parental consent
- 18- Age for consent to have sex in Oregon
- 21- Legal age to drink
- 18- Legal voting age in Oregon
- 18- Legal age to get a tattoo in Oregon
- 17- Age to see an R rated movie without parent consent
- 18- Legal age to enter into most contracts in Oregon
- 17- Need permission to go on a school field trip
- 17- consider a minor and needs parent permission to get married.
- 18- age required to witness a marriage
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