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age of consent

(in medical jurisprudence) the age at which an individual is legally free to act as an adult, without parental permission for activities such as marrying, having sexual intercourse, or giving permission for medical treatment or surgery. The specific age of consent varies from 13 to 21, according to local laws.

Age of Consent

The age at which people can legally have sex (i.e., sexual activity is not prohibited by statute).

age of consent

The age at which a minor may legally engage in voluntary sexual intercourse or no longer requires parental consent for marriage. It varies among states but is usually between ages 13 and 18.
See also: age

age of consent

adults (i.e. 18 years of age in UK, 21 years in other countries, e.g. USA) can give informed consent to a procedure or intervention (see consent); patients aged 16-18 years are considered able to give consent even though they have not reached their age of majority; consent in patients of <16 years of age is normally given by the parent or carer, in consultation with the patient
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Situation following decriminalisation of consensual underage sex by the Constitutional Court
6] Accordingly, this placed an obligation on all service providers, including doctors, nurses and health researchers, to report consensual underage sex or sexual activity.
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If this is the case, Roger Williams should be campaigning to abolish contraception to under 16s because the Government, at present, is inciting underage sex by offering contraception to this age group.
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The 15-year-old boy admitted to a charge of having underage sex at the High Court in Edinburgh last week.
Nurse Denise Bell said: "There are health issues in the community - drugs, drinking, underage sex - which need a health input as well as counselling.
Those calling the charity's free 24-hour helpline are worried about discipline, underage sex, drinking and drugs.
The Prime Minister wants parents, teachers, youth workers and youngsters to help persaude young women not to have underage sex.
It concluded Mr Westwood should take "personal responsibility" for mistakes that meant that although Huntley had been accused of four rapes an indecent assault and four incidents of underage sex, none of these came to light until after his conviction for murder.
You have to establish what you think is worse: teenagers having underage sex or an unwanted child.