Pregnancy and Minors’ Right to Privacy

Pregnancy Notification Policy Alarms Some Health Experts

“A revised regulation that directs Howard County school officials to notify parents when students reveal they are pregnant has drawn criticism from health experts who say it violates a young woman’s right to privacy and jeopardizes health care.”

My two cents? Children are guaranteed no right to privacy with regard to their parents or legal guardians. Parental rights trump the personal privacy rights of children. Here’s where things get ugly, though:

“Under Howard’s regulations, approved last month by the Board of Education, any school employee who learns that a student is or might be pregnant is to notify the school counselor or nurse. If the pregnancy is confirmed and the parents don’t know, the counselor or nurse helps the student tell them.”

Public school employees, as representatives of the federal and state governments, have no right to invade a child’s privacy like that. If they must tell anyone, they should tell the parents – directly.

Comments 6

  1. John wrote:

    you will insist that a daughter whose father has raped her must get his permission to end the pregnancy.

    Posted 05 Feb 2008 at 10:41 pm
  2. Funky Dung wrote:

    You will insist that an innocent child should die because of the horrible evil his/her father committed. Rape and incest are not valid reasons for ending a pregnancy.

    Posted 06 Feb 2008 at 5:36 am
  3. John wrote:

    That is a strong argument against abortion, but a very weak one for parental notification.

    Posted 06 Feb 2008 at 11:24 pm
  4. Rob wrote:

    In your universe, where parents are caring and have the best interest of their children at heart, you’re right.

    In mine, your proposal would result in great trageday.

    I wish I could move to your universe.

    Posted 17 Feb 2008 at 7:38 am
  5. Rob wrote:

    Wrong URL

    Sorry

    Posted 17 Feb 2008 at 7:39 am
  6. Christian wrote:

    Thanks for your Blog :) God Bless you

    Posted 21 Feb 2008 at 12:33 pm

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