Senators want to lower the age of consent

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Senate bills attempt to lower the age of consent from 16 years of age to 13 for gender affirming care - without parents' knowledge!

Contact Senate Health Committee members to oppose two bills that would undermine parental rights and put more children at risk for suicide. These bills are scheduled to be heard in the New Jersey Senate Health Committee on Thursday, February 22.

Senate bill 1188 lowers the age of minors from 16 years old to 14 years oldto consent to behavioral health care services without their parents’ knowledge.

And worse….!

Senate bill 1970 lowers the age of minors from 16 years old to 13 years oldto consent to behavioral health care services without their parents’ knowledge. 

If these bills pass, young children 13 years of age and older will be able to seek mental health care services, including for emotional issues at temporary outpatient clinics, excluding the use or administration of medication. They will be able to consent to treatment by psychiatrists, licensed practicing psychologists, certified psychoanalysts, and licensed psychologists – without anyone telling their parents about this medical care.

Section 2 (b) of Senate bill 1188 and Senate bill 1970:

Treatment for behavioral health care service for mental illness or emotional disorders that is consented to by a minor shall be considered confidential information between the physician, the individual licensed to provide professional counseling, the advanced practice nurse, or the health care facility, as appropriate, and the patient, and neither the minor nor the minor’s physician, professional counselor, nurse, or outpatient health care facility, as appropriate, shall be required to report such treatment when it is the result of voluntary consent. The consent of no other person or persons, including but not limited to, a spouse, parent, custodian, or guardian, shall be necessary in order to authorize a minor to receive such hospital services, facility, or clinical care or services, medical or surgical care or services, or counseling services from a physician licensed to practice medicine,

The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide documents that fact that suicide is more preventable when parents are involved in their child’s life and are aware of the warning signs of suicide. Therefore, to remove parents from the mental and emotional health care of their child is not intended to prevent suicide. In contrast, it puts more children at risk.

It will, however, allow children to seek so-called “gender affirming care” for “gender dysphoria” without their parents’ knowledge. 

Contact members of the Senate Health Committee before Thursday, Feb 22!

Chairman: Senator Joseph Vitale (D, senvitale@njleg.org, (732) 855-7441

Vice Chair: Senator Troy Singleton (D), sensingleton@njleg.org, (856) 234-2790

Senator Renee Burgess (D), senburgess@njleg.org, (862) 231-6577

Senator Owen Henry (R), senhenry@njleg.org, (732) 607-7580

Senator Angela McKnight (D), senmcknight@njleg.org, (201) 360-2502

Senator Raj Mukherji (D), senmukherji@njleg.org, (201) 626-4000

Senator Holly Schepisi (R), senschepisi@njleg.org, (201) 666-0881

Senator Robert Singer (R), sensinger@njleg.org, (732) 987-5669

‼️ Suggested Message ‼️

Senate bills 1188 and 1970 lowers the age of minors from 16 years old to 14/13 years old to consent to behavioral health care services without their parent’s knowledge.

The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide documents that fact that suicide is more preventable when parents are involved in their child’s life and are aware of the warning signs of suicide.

Therefore, to remove parents from the mental and emotional health care of their child is not intended to prevent suicide. In contrast, it puts more children at risk. 

I urge you to VOTE NO on these bills when they are heard in the Senate Health Committee on Thursday, Feb 22. 

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