The Ethical Implications Of Providing Contraception For Minors From A Nurse Practitioner Perspective

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Recently a situation within clinical practice presented in which a 16-year-old girl who is on her parent’s health insurance would like to begin taking birth control. Over the last few decades’ minors’ rights to health care services have expanded vastly. In particular minors’ rights too confidential reproductive and sexual health care in New York state have made leaps and bounds. At what age is it appropriate to educate minors about contraceptive care in New York state? At what age is it appropriate to prescribe minors contraception in New York state? Do minors need parental consent to receive contraceptive care and counseling in New York state? The purpose of this paper is to research the ethical implications of providing contraception to minors from a nurse practitioner perspective. Throughout history the Supreme Court has struggled with minors right to privacy against parental consent in regards to contraception. The question in which minors have the right to sexual activity and the extent to which the government may interfere with these rights was established when congress passed Title X. With alarmingly high rates of teenage pregnancy and limited resources for minors Title X was passed and created a nationwide system of federally funded, confidential family planning services in multiple community settings for minors (Maradiegue, 2003). Today the profession of nurse practitioners continues to grow in a number of settings while providing care to patients across the
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