After a court decision at the end of December 2022, now the teens Texas they will need their parents’ permission get birth control In federally funded clinics.
These are clinics funded through a program title xWho are responsible for providing free and confidential contraception to anyone regardless of age, income or immigration status.
before judgmentIt was one of the few options where Texan teens could obtain birth control without their parents’ consent.
However, last December, US District Judge Matthew Kaczmarik ruled that the program violates parents’ rights as well as state and federal laws.
In view of this, the United States Department of Health and Human Services has asked the court to reconsider the decision.
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For now, Title X Administrator of the Lone Star State, every body texashas advised its 156 clinics of the need parental consent So that minors have access to contraceptives.
“It is our hope that as the case progresses, we can rescind this guidance and continue to provide minors in Texas with the sexual and reproductive care they need and deserve. with or without parental consentsaid Stephanie Labelleu, interim director of the Title X Project at Every Body Texas.
minors can still access To test for and treat sexually transmitted infections; pregnancy test; emergency contraception; Condoms and counseling without parental consent, LeBleu said.
But that doesn’t mean the Kacsmaryk ruling isn’t a threat to family planning among teens, especially among low income women,
While Title X clinics “should encourage family involvement to the extent possible,” federal regulations prohibit them from seeking parental consent or notifying a parent that a minor has received services.
And it’s that in 2019, before Kacsmaryk was appointed judge, Texan parents have the right, according to state law, be notified when their children receive contraception, The judgment declares it illegal and renders the confidentiality clause ineffective.