Whereas, certain minors are not obtaining adequate medical, dental, or other health care due to current legal and medical obstacles,
Whereas, providers of medical, dental, and other health care are now vulnerable to legal action for giving care to minors,
Whereas, there is a need for coordination, stimulation, and support of access to medical, dental, and other health care for certain minors in need of such care without violating the rights of parents to protect and promote their minors' health,
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of-----,as follows:
Section 1. For the purposes of this act:
(1) "Minor" means any person under the age of majority as defined by the State statute or under 18 years of age, whichever is lower;
(2) "Health Professional" means state licensed physician, psychologist, dentist, osteopathic physician, nurse, and other licensed health practitioner;
(3) "Health Services" means health services specified by the state, appropriately delivered by different health professionals including examination, preventive and curative treatment, operation, hospilization (admission or discharge), giving or receiving blood and blood derivatives, receiving organ transplantation, pledging donation of organs after death, the use of anesthetics, and receiving contraceptive advice and devices;
(4) The masculine shall include the feminine.
Section 2. Any person who reaches the age of majority or 18 years of age or is on active duty with or has served in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States shall be considered an adult in so far as the consent for health services is concerned.
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