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Do you think parents have a right to know if their teenager is taking birth control pills? What are the potential consequences of requiring parental consent?
Yes, they do. They're parents, they should know "everything" about their children's life up until they decide they no longer want to know or until the child is of legal age. We chide parents for not caring enough, but we also chide them if something happens to the child in question in adulthood ("that's probably just how they were raised..."). I'd rather give too many OPTIONS - key word - to parents than not enough.

Furthermore, birth control pills carry a level of risk with them in the way they can screw up a girl's reproductive cycles. It's not just about preventing pregnancy; I know some people - even on my FL - who either take or have taken BC pills, even when they closest they get to a penis is at a Penthouse Boutique. For these people, it regulates their period cycles. Unfortunately, it can have adverse affects as well, effects that might not be known until a woman gets to see a gynaecologist.

Parents have the right to regulate their children, even if it's something we don't agree with. Not only do they have the right to know when their children are on the pill, but they also - sadly - have the right to prevent their children from taking it, usually on something arbitrarily stupid like religious grounds. It's their right as parents... until the kid is 18. At that point? It's all out of their hands, as it should be.

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popo_licious
Jul. 21st, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
Considering how hard they are to obtain, I think it would pretty difficult for a parent not to know that their child, assuming they're a minor, is taking birth control pills. Between visits to the doctor, the necessary exams and lab work, insurance, how expensive they are, etc., you really can't hide that sort of thing from the person paying your bills/paying your policy. This is sort of a redundant question. XD But I agree with you. :3 Parents should know what their kids are taking for a whole slew of reasons, from allergy related issues to side-effects and risks.

burning_phoneix
Jul. 21st, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
Considering some parents these days.....I bet a few can easily hide the fact.
popo_licious
Jul. 21st, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Maybe if they have dip-shit parents who don't care, sure, but I think in terms of the average family, most would figure it out. XD
samuraiter
Jul. 21st, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, my daughter has the same P.C.O.S. that my wife has, and she has to take birth control simply to keep her hormones regulated. :-( But I do agree that parents need to have the say-so until the kids are eighteen. (Mostly because the kids cannot afford to go to the doctor on their own.)
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