Right to Confidential Care: The Texas Medical Association upholds the right of adolescents to receive confidential care to protect their health. Evidence indicates that requiring parental involvement in sexual and contraceptive health care reduces access to care without reducing sexual activity or increasing communication between parents and teens. In addition, TMA supports a health care environment that encourages adolescent access to care without involvement by law enforcement officials, except in cases of suspected child physical or sexual abuse as identified by the health care provider using his or her professional judgment (CM-MPH Rep. 2-A-03; reaffirmed CM-CAH Rep. 4-A-10).
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October 07, 2016