is it OK to lie on a form swearing you’re giving birth control pills to your 16-year-old in order for her to receive her acne medication?
While the U.S. government and the medical industry are certainly involved in promoting contraception, including birth control pills, as standard “medical treatment,” there is no legal obligation for parents to provide the Pill to their 16-year-old daughter—or any underage girl, for that matter—in order to receive acne medication, or any other medication for that matter.
If this is really happening, the parents should inform their medical insurance agency and, if needed, their U.S. Congressman or Senators. So there’s no need to lie, and remedies can be had if some medical officials are actually attempting to coerce parents. If needed, I’d recommend contacting the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, Nebraska, to find out about non-contraceptive alternatives to treat nonsexual medical issues for which the Pill is sometimes prescribed.
By Tom Nash