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Atonement
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Hello!

A friend and I had a conversation today about birth control access to minors(she wants to help her younger sister, who s 16, get birth control without parental permission), and I just wanted to verify a few legal issues.

My friend sad that when she was 16, her aunt took her to the doctor to get on the pill, and the clinic actually called her mother and told her that she was trying to get birth control. I'm pretty sure that's not even legal. Isn't that a HIPPA violation (state of Texas), or does it not count since she was 16?

Also, is there anything that could prevent her from being able to take her sister (who is 16) to planned parenthood or something similar?

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OWL Dan
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There shouldn't be any reason that they couldn’t go to a Planned Parenthood type clinic since she is 16. Any clinic that accepts government funding is mandated to see someone 16 or older without need of parental consent. They should not notify the parents either; as this is not only their policies but a violation of HIPPA (Federal Law) as well. What the other clinic did was wrong. To be on the safe side I would ask the clinic, before making the appointment, and clarify this with them.

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Atonement
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Thanks for clarifying, that's what I'd thought.

I was just so shocked by the idea of the other clinic calling her mother, that had to ask. I know t was a smaller, rural, and probably more conservative clinic, but you'd sill think they'd be a Little more careful about breaking federal privacy laws...

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Heather
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Just to be clear, Title X clinics (the type who get that funding, which hopefully won't get cut off like is up for debate in our government right now), are REQUIRED to provide sexual healthcare privately for minors as a stipulation of getting that funding. That includes not notifying parents of anything unless a minor's life is at stake or they have committed a crime.

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