Teen Bill of Rights
Minors (under the age of 18 years old) have the following rights,
without notice to parents or their consent:
- Get a pregnancy test.
- Receive prenatal care and postnatal care.
- Apply for Medicaid independently if you are pregnant. (Medicaid pays for clinic visits, STI screening, pap smear, medicines, sonograms, lab work, appointments with other doctors and hospitals.)
- Place your baby for adoption. (More information)
- Obtain contraceptives. Minors seeking family planning services at a Title X site and minors who have Medicaid have independent legal rights to obtain contraceptive services without notification or consent of a parent.
Dad, it’s your baby too! PAC welcomes the involvement of teen fathers in their partners care. Fathers are encouraged to come to prenatal appointments, and watch the childbirth video so that they can be a part of their child’s life right from the start. Once your baby is born you and your partner can learn about childcare basics together at your baby’s pediatric appointments.