ANSWERS: 5
  • As long as your legal guardian will sign off on it, yep.
  • if youre a minor, your parent or guardian can force you to get medical treatment whether you like it or not unfortunately.
  • No. In the absence of a parent or legal guardian they can treat you without your consent (unless you do a shitload of kicking and screaming yo...:).
  • umm, part of the answer to your question is, it depends on which state which is your primary residence. parents or legal guardians have the right to force treatment or withhold treatment, so long as it's not likely to result in your injury. once in a while, when parents' decision to force or withhold treatment is questionable, the judge will order an evaluation to determine competency to make medical decisions. i've learned that judge's decisions are best followed!!! if s/he says, get that treatment, then you'd better get it. now, i don't think that a parent or guardian has the right in most states to force you to obtain a medically-induced abortion. sometimes, i've seen situations where the child didn't want a procedure (non-abortive) and, while the parent had the legal right to insist, it's kind of hard to insist that someone have a medical procedure. the parent can apply economic or social pressure - like what the usa used to do with renegade nations. no allowance and being grounded for 6 years? if the police, probation officer, judge ... state that you've gotta undergo a procedure, then more likely than not, you'll have to have it ... you still might contact an attorney - like at the legal aid society - to see what your rights are in your particular circumstances. good luck!
  • It depends on your age and state. Most states have what's called the "Mature Minor Doctrine." According to this, even children have rights to decide what happens to them. The older you are, the more rights you have to accept or refuse treatment. For instance, a 17 year-old may not be an adult in the eyes of the law, but doctors or the judge will tend to respect his/her medical decisions. This has happened in the case of a young cancer patient who wanted to stop treatment even when his parents wanted him to continue. The courts determined he was mature enough to make his own choices.

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