Bloomberg Law
April 13, 2020, 3:54 PM

Parents Want U.S. Birth Control Funding Rule to Require Notice

Mary Anne Pazanowski
Mary Anne Pazanowski
Legal Reporter

A Texas father wants a federal court to declare that rules governing grants to family planning providers require them to notify parents when they prescribe contraceptives for minors.

Alexander Deanda said the Title X program—the only federal program funding family planning providers—violates Texas law and parents’ constitutional and religious rights by distributing prescription contraception to minors without telling their parents.

Texas law specifically requires parental consent before providers offer medical, dental, psychological, or surgical treatments to minors, except in emergencies, Deanda told the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas April 10. That includes the distribution of birth ...

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