Girls Fifteen Years Old OK for Sterilization in Oregon Without Parents' Consent

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Oregon decides 15 year olds can choose sterilization without parental consent.
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What's next?

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

You decide!

Should 15 year old girls be able to choose sterilization without parent consent?

  • Yes girls are mature enough at 15 to make this life altering choice.
  • Yes! I think 15 year old girls should have the option of sterilization but need the consent of a parent.
  • No! A 15 year old does not have the maturity to make this decision.
  • No! Sterilization should only be reserved for women over 21 and there should be a 6-12 month waiting period just like divorce
  • I don't really care, I just don't want my tax dollars paying for it.
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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

It appears someone has sterilized the brains of the Oregon lawmakers who approved this inappropriate law.

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bayareagreatthing 4 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Seriously true drjb. I don't know where it will all end!

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Doodlehead 3 years ago from Northern California

I think 15 is old enough for someone to decide for themselves without parental consent. However, I am against the law that permits this because any more laws are not needed. There is usually a broader category of laws that other laws already fit into and the only thing one additional law does is increase the price for all of us to live in this society.

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