May I Lie on a Medical Form for a Good Purpose?

Full Question

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



  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    “….non-contraceptive alternatives to treat nonsexual medical issues for which the Pill is sometimes prescribed.”
    Doesn’t it make sense to use whatever medicine is best for the patient, as prescribed by a doctor and not a politician or a priest? Nash seems to be implying that it is sinful to use contraception as a medicine even when the intent is not birth control. One would think that intent would have a role to play. Am I wrong? Is it sinful to use contraception – a combination of chemicals – when the intent is not birth control?

  2. Krysta Reply

    There’s a certain acne medication that has a high risk of causing birth defects. Most doctors will not prescribe it without the patient being on some sort of birth control. It’d be dangerous to lie about this. If you’re not willing to let your daughter go on the pill (which could also help acne) then find another treatment for acne.

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