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It's a great idea in theory, and I really don't have a huge objection to it. But I really don't like parents being excluded from their childrens' medical decisions. These are important things and the burden should not be on the children to make and carry out these decisions on their own.
I don't like undermining parents' rights, but the way I see it, the parents that are involved with their kids will know these things are going on, and the kids who need the help the most because their parents aren't doing their job are going to get the help. I hope that my kids will come to me, but I know there are some parents out there who would refuse to do this, so IMO the kids' right to stay safe and clean trumps a parent's right to information when all they're planning to do is ignore it.
I'm all for allowing certain things to be available to minors without parental involvement - condoms, birth control pills, etc. I have a problem allowing them get vaccines without parental guidance though, stemming really in my issues with the HPV vaccine. Is a 12 year old going to educate herself on it thoroughly? I highly doubt it.
__________________ Ashley, mommy to Mackenzie 01/01/08
Kids at this age still will most likely believe whatever they are told. If the parent doesn't want to get a vaccination for their child they most likely are not going to sit their child down and tell them the reasoning behind their choices. You ladies here who do not vaccinate, do you sit down your child and tell them why they're not vaccinated? Now this same kid goes and learns about HPV, for example, and are given facts A, B, and C positive facts about the vaccine, they are going to be all for it.
I guess I'm not against kids being able to make their own decisions on some things, but maybe vaccinations are too big of a decision. Especially since we all know that the people pushing to make this bill pass are either very pro vax, or are benefiting from this some other way. There are no groups out there that are pro-12 year old rights...