It’s illegal for children to vote. It’s illegal for children to choose to drink alcohol. It’s illegal for children to drive. It’s illegal for children to give consent for medical procedures. Yet, New York is planning to let children give consent for vaccinations, a potentially life-changing or destroying procedure, without parental consent? [Gaia Health]
Girl Staring Up at Syringe and New York (Photo of girl by Anthony Kelly, Syringe by William Rafti Institute)
by Christina England
On Monday, May 6, a new bill is to be brought to the New York State Assembly floor which will allow licensed physicians to administer preventative medical care for sexually transmitted diseases, including vaccines to minors without their parent’s permission.
This will include the vaccinations for hepatitis B and HPV.
The reasoning behind the bill is that section 2305 of the public health law currently permits a licensed physician or a staff physician to diagnose and treat a person under the age of 21 infected or exposed to a sexually transmissible disease without the consent or knowledge of the parents or guardians.
The bill states that the current law does not allow young people the same access to care as adults to prevent sexually transmissible diseases.