If C can show she is a mature minor
or an emancipated minor, she can then decide for herself.
Several other states recognize the mature minor
21) Mature minor
statutes, however, generally lack a gauge for determining "maturity", engraft a lower age limitation (usually 14 or 15) and limit adolescent decisional autonomy to consent to, rather than refuse, treatment.
A life and death context is quite different from the context the mature minor
principle came from.
After the medical interview, her physician should be able to assess whether she is a mature minor
and intellectually able to understand the information presented to her.
17) The mature minor
rule is largely a judicial, rather than a statutory, doctrine "that extends the common law principle of self-determination to minors"; (18) however, some states have enacted mature minor
legislation in response to such court decisions.
that a mature minor
has given informed consent to act as an informant
A minor who is near the age of majority, displays sufficient understanding of medical procedures, and can be medically emancipated in the treatment of certain conditions, including venereal disease, pregnancy, and drug abuse and is legally considered as a mature minor
or emancipated minor (2).
Specifically, is there a point at which a mature minor
can give legally valid consent to participate or withdraw without parental approval of that choice?
Baird himself asked how one would define a mature minor
, arguing that it was ludicrous that one so designated should be granted an abortion while an "immature minor" would be forced to have a baby and become a parent Even more absurd was that, once she gave birth, the minor became emancipated and therefore legally "mature.
More broadly, some states have adopted the so-called mature minor
rule, which allows a minor to consent to services without consulting his or her parents if the minor is sufficiently intelligent and mature to understand the nature and consequences of a proposed treatment.
are those who meet the conditions set forth by the mature minor
rule, legal doctrine that enables minors who are deemed mature (able to understand the nature and consequences of medical treatment) to consent to or refuse treatment (AMA, 1992; Kunin, 1997; Weir & Peter, 1997).