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Maternity For Minors

FOR MINORS:

Finding out that you are pregnant when you are a teenager is extremely stressful… You have to think about if and how to tell your parents/guardians as well as your feelings about the actual pregnancy.

You do not have to do it alone. You can talk through your options in a non-judgmental environment. Call us at (314) 968-2216 if you live in Missouri or (618) 397-7678 if you live in Illinois.

We want to remind you especially at this time of your rights, when you feel like your world is spinning.

Some questions you have may be in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). If you have any other questions, you can call (314) 968 2216, e-mail Tammy at tromain@cfserve.org, or send a text message (314) 326-1268.

Your Rights As A MinorFAQs – MissouriFAQs – Illinois

These are some of the basic rights you have that we want you to remember.  You have:

• The right to be treated with respect and dignity.

• The right to receive services regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or medical disabilities.

• The right to confidentiality (unless mandated otherwise by Missouri and/or Illinois) or directed by court order.

• The right to make decisions about your pregnancy free from coercion or pressure.

• The right to have copies of all documents that you sign.

• The right to include or exclude family and friends in any meetings if you so desire.

1.   Who is considered a minor?
In the state of Missouri, a minor is a person under the age of 18 years.

2.  I think I might be pregnant. Does my parent/guardian have to come with me for pregnancy testing?
No, you are able to get tested without your parent present. It is a good idea though to have support when you go in for testing, whether it is your parent, family member or friend.
Please note though, that Missouri Law presently permits (but does not require) your health care provider to inform a parent if you are pregnant.
So, if you are going to your private doctor, ask your doctor about their confidentiality practices first.
You can also go to a local department of health, or a pregnancy resource center in your area. They typically see minors without disclosing pregnancy results to your parents without your permission.

3.  Do I need my parents’ permission to meet with a counselor about my pregnancy?
No. You are able to meet with someone for pregnancy counseling without your parent’s permission or presence. You can choose who you would like to be present in your meetings with a counselor.

4.  Who makes the decisions about health care for me and my baby?
If you are pregnant and a minor, you are able to consent to any surgical, medical or other treatment or procedure related to pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and drug or alcohol abuse without your parent’s permission, for you and your child. This excludes abortion in Missouri, as you need parental consent.
However, in an emergency, even if you object, medical care will be provided as there could be drastic implications if there is no intervention.

5.  What about adoption? Do I need my parent’s permission to make an adoption plan?
It is always best to talk to your family about your plans. However, if you do not want your parent(s) involved, they do not have to be.
The court will appoint a guardian ad litem, who will determine if you understand your rights, and you are making this decision without anyone forcing or pressuring you.

6.  What if the guy with whom I got pregnant is much older than I am? What is considered statutory rape?

Missouri  Law states that:

“A person commits the crime of statutory rape in the first degree if he has sexual intercourse with another person who is less than fourteen years old.” § 566. 032 (1)

AND

“A person commits the crime of statutory rape in the second degree if being twenty-one years of age or older, he has sexual intercourse with another person who is less than seventeen years of age.” § 566. 034 (1)

If you have any other questions or concerns, please call (314) 968 2216, email Tammy Romain at tromain@cfserve.org, or send a text message to (314) 326-1268.

1.   Who is considered a minor?
In the state of Illinois, a minor is a person under the age of 18 years.

2.  I think I might be pregnant. Does my parent/guardian have to come with me for pregnancy testing?
No, you are able to get tested without your parent present. It is a good idea though to have support when you go in for testing, whether it is your parent, family member or friend.

3.  Do I need my parents’ permission to meet with a counselor about my pregnancy?
No. You are able to meet with someone for pregnancy counseling without your parent’s permission or presence.

4.  Who makes the decisions about health care for me and my baby?
If you are a minor and pregnant, married or a parent, under Illinois law, you are deemed to have the same rights (including the right to confidentiality) as individuals 18 years and older. Therefore, you are responsible to make all medical decisions for you and your unborn child.
However, in an emergency, consent to healthcare is implied, even if you object as there could be drastic implications if there is no medical care.

5.  What about adoption? Do I need my parent’s permission to make an adoption plan?
It is always best to talk to your family about your plans. However, as stated in Question 4, as a pregnant teenager, you are considered as an adult, and do not need your parents’ permission to make an adoption plan.

6.  What if the guy with whom I got pregnant is much older than I am? What is considered statutory rape?

Illinois  Law states that:

Predatory criminal sexual assault of a child is if someone 17 years or older has intercourse with anyone under 13 years old.

Criminal sexual abuse is if an offender under age 17 has intercourse with someone between ages 9 and 17 OR A victim between ages 13 and 17 has sexual intercourse with an offender less than five years older.

Aggravated criminal sexual abuse is sexual intercourse with someone between age 13 and 17 by an offender at least five years older.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please call (618) 397-7678, email Tammy Romain at tromain@cfserve.org, or send a text message to (314) 326-1268.

Contact Us

Missouri: (314)-968-2216
Illinois: (618) 397-7678
Fax: (314) 968-2335

7955 Big Bend Blvd
Webster Groves, MO 63119

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