The “Health Care for Baby and You” section of the California Pregnant and Parenting Youth Guide explains how pregnant and parenting teens can get birth control, prenatal care, and other health care without involving their parents.
Teens under 18 can access some services without a parent’s permission, including: birth control, pregnancy testing, prenatal care, labor and delivery, abortion services, and care if you have been sexually assaulted.
If you are 12 or older, you can also get:
- STI testing and treatment;
- HIV testing;
- preventive care like the HPV vaccine and HIV prevention;
- drug or alcohol treatment;
- some mental health care, like seeing a counselor or staying in a crisis or runaway shelter; and
- care if you have been raped.
These services are confidential and the doctor or clinic cannot tell your parents without your permission.
Doctors may suggest that teens talk to their parents, but you do not have to. To be sure you understand what your doctor says about your health and treatment, consider taking another person with you when you see the doctor. That person can help you remember to ask questions or understand what the doctor is saying.
NOTE: Doctors and other health care professionals must tell Child Protective Services (CPS) if they believe you are being abused.