Proposed bill in US state of Maryland raises concerns of curtailing teens' access to contraceptives

Vox reports that lawmakers in the US state of Maryland “want to make certain kinds of birth control - intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants - subject to patently approval”. Vox reports that “while laws specifically targeting methods of birth control are rare, the law is part of a larger pattern of states requiring parental notification and consent for reproductive health services from abortion to childbirth care when teens do have children”.

Vox reports that “The Maryland law is part of a years-long push by lawmakers to require parental notification and consent for various types of reproductive health care. Twenty one states require parental consent for a minor to obtain an abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Many states require minors to get parental consent for contraception unless they meet certain criteria, like being married or being a high-school graduate. And in North Dakota, pregnant minors must get parental consent for most prenatal care in the second and third trimesters.” Such laws are part of “a general trend of disrespect for young people’s autonomy.”

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Author: Anna North

Publication: Vox