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To order print copies of a publication on a reproductive rights topic, use the Reproductive Rights Project publication order form, available for download in PDF format. To order any other publication in print form, call 212.607.3300. Most publications are also available for download in PDF form.
Reference Card: Minors' Rights to Confidential Reproductive and Sexual Health Care in New York (2013)

Certain minors can consent to any type of health care on their own. If a minor falls into one or more of the following categories, then he or she can consent to any and all medical treatment confidentially, without involving a parent:

  • Emancipated minors: minors who are living on their own and are financially independent of their parents
  • Married minors
  • Minors who have children
Report: Birds, Bees and Bias (2012)

Many public school districts across New York State provide sex-ed instruction that is inaccurate, incomplete and biased, according to Birds, Bees and Bias: How Absent Sex Ed Standards Fail New York’s Students. This report examines sex-ed materials used during the 2009-2010 and 2010-11 school years from across New York State. Among the NYCLU’s key findings:

Report: Protecting Two Generations: The Need to Preserve and Expand Services for New York City's Pregnant and Parenting Students

Each year, thousands of teen parents' drop out - or are pushed out - of New York City schools. Studies have documented drop out rates for teen parents as high as 70 percent. All of these young people are legally entitled to a free public education - a support that provides a foundation for future success for both parents and their children.

New York's Reproductive Health Act

The Reproductive Health Act: Women make reproductive decisions — including abortion, adoption or having a child — for many different reasons. While people may disagree with some of those reasons, it is important that each woman be able to make the decision that is right for her, her circumstances and her family. The Reproductive Health Act will ensure that New York State continues to stand up for a woman’s ability to make her own private, personal decision.

Palm Card: Your Rights to Sexual Health Services (English, Spanish, Chinese, & Korean) (2006)

If you are 17 or younger, you have the right to get sexual health services on your own in New York.

Palm Card: Your Rights As A Pregnant Or Parenting Teen (2007)

If you think you may be pregnant, you have the right to confidential pregnancy testing. No one can tell your parents or anyone else about the results unless you say it's okay. No one can force you to take a pregnancy test, an STD test, or an HIV/AIDS test without your permission.

Booklet: Teenagers, Health Care and the Law (English and Spanish) (2009)

Adolescents, more than members of any other age group, often do not get the health care they need. According to the American Medical Association, a major reason for this is that adolescents fear that health care providers will disclose confidential information about sensitive issues to their parents or guardians. In fact, the law allows teenagers to obtain medical treatment—including “sensitive” health care, such as reproductive health care—without their parents’ involvement or even knowledge in a variety of situations.

Your Breastfeeding Rights In New York

This publication outlines your rights while breastfeeding in New York, including your rights in the hospital, in public, and at work.

Reference Card: Minors And Mental Health Care (2004)

Minors in New York State can access mental health care without parental involvement under many circumstances. To give informed consent, a patient must be able to understand and appreciate the nature and consequences of a proposed treatment, including its risks, benefits and alternatives, and to reach an informed decision.

Reference Card: Minors And Rape Crisis Treatment (2006)

A minor is a person under the age of 18.1 Informed consent, which is required before providing any medical care, means that a patient must understand the risks, benefits and proposed alternatives to a particular treatment.2

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