East Central Health of Georgia

East Central Health District

Reproductive Health Care

Minors’ Access to Reproductive Health Care in Georgia

reprohealthParents generally have the legal authority to make medical decisions on behalf of their minor children, on the basis that young people typically lack the maturity and judgment to make fully informed decisions before they reach the age of 18 (in most states). Exceptions to this rule have long existed, such as when medical emergencies leave no time to obtain parental consent and in cases where a minor is “emancipated” by marriage or other circumstances and thus can legally make decisions on his or her own behalf.

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