16 In the eyes of the law, teenagers of certain ages cannot consent or agree to sex until they reach a specific age. 10.“Minors’ Access to Contraceptive Services,” State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute. 11.“Emergency Contraception,” State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute. 12.“Emergency Room Requirements To Offer/Provide Sexual Assault Survivors with Emergency Contraception.” Henry J.
This is called the “age of consent.” These laws are meant to protect minors from being manipulated or forced into sex with older people.
However, even if you are 14 or older, a physician may (but is not required to) inform your parents. State of the States 2004: A Policy Analysis of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Safer Schools Issues.
If you go to a Title X clinic, your appointment will be completely confidential, including your billing and your records.
Get familiar with these laws, so you and your partner know what is or isn’t legal in your state.