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This trend reflects the recognition that, while parental involvement in minors’ health care decisions is desirable, many minors will not avail themselves of important services if they are forced to involve their parents.With regard to sexual and reproductive health care, many states explicitly permit all or some minors to obtain contraceptive, prenatal and STI services without parental involvement.Further information on these issues can be obtained by clicking on the column headings.Your 18-year-old son is dating a 16-year-old female classmate – no big deal, right?
The restrictions clearly violate Texas women's constitutional rights and drastically reduce access to safe and legal abortion statewide. Women in Texas should have access to the highest quality health care, no matter where they live.Take, for example, the widely publicized case of Marcus Dwayne Dixon, an 18-year-old high school honor student and star football player who had sex with a 15-year-old female classmate.She claimed it was rape, he claimed it was consensual, and a jury acquitted him of the charges.Emancipation of Minors in Texas Texas law allows for the emancipation of minors in certain circumstances.Any minor petitioning a Texas court for emancipation -- that is, being declared an adult in the eyes of the law -- must be a Texas resident, 17 years old (or 16 and living apart from one's parents), and able to support and manage one's own affairs.
However, because of their age difference, the jury still found Dixon guilty of statutory rape and aggravated child molestation, and sentenced him to a mandatory 10 years in prison under Georgia law.