Confidentiality

Many times in the practice of medicine, you will be called upon to keep the decisions of minor confidential from their parents. In this scenario, you have followed your workplace policy and kept a minor patient’s decision confidential. The parents later find out.

After reading one of the following articles, write a letter to the parents of a minor explaining why you did not inform them of their minor child’s decision in seeking birth control or in having an abortion.

Fertility Effects Of Abortion And Birth Control Pill Access For Minors

Minors’ Behavioral Responses to Parental Involvement Laws: Delaying Abortion Until Age 18