The Role Of Parental Consent

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The role of parental consent is a significant factor in the medical world. To give consent to do medical operations or treatments, informed consent is needed. Consent cannot usually be given by children since they are not deemed competent enough, so the responsibility is given to the legal guardians. Many controversies have arisen due to minors needing consent from parents for medical procedures. Is giving parents the power to decide on their child’s medical treatment always just? I believe that parental consent plays both a positive and negative role in medicine. The paper will discuss the importance of consent in medicine, issues where parental consent was questioned, and times/laws where the minor’s decision on a medical procedure is more valued or when parental consent is overturned. This paper will also touch on several real-world examples where the role of parental consent is still debated on.
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The mature minor rule states that a minor may consent to a medical procedure without parental consent if a court determines that the minor is mature and able to make that decision. Once a court rules that a minor is mature enough to give consent, then it unconstitutional for that right to be taken away. An additional method that minors may give consent is if they are emancipated. Emancipated minors include minors who are self-supporting, married, parents, in the military, or declared emancipated by a court. A minor may also gain situational emancipation. Situational emancipation is when the minor may consent to treatment if there is no legal guardian immediately available, and a delay in treatment may cause harm to the welfare of the minor. In addition, there are several types of treatments that do not require parental consent such as treatments concerning mental health care, birth control, and substance
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