Clinics for adolescents are keenly conscious that the promise of confidential care is essential [.pdf] to gain and hold their young patients’ trust. But in those same clinics, doctors often try to convince teenagers to bring parents into the conversation. #

During this past legislative session in Florida, lawmakers successfully further restricted access to a judicial bypass to the state’s parental notification before abortion law. Most recently, two Florida legislators also introduced a federal law that would require states to uphold other states’ notification laws. #

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