Bill that allows teens STI care without parent’s consent in Illinois Senate

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. (Photo via Good Free Photos)
Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. (Photo via Good Free Photos)

SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would allow minors 12 years old and older to get STI treatment without parental consent is now in the Illinois Senate.

The bill, House Bill 2665, is an amendment to the Consent by Minors to Health Care Services Act. It would allow minors about 12 years old who may have come into contact with any sexually transmitted disease substance abuse problem to give consent to the furnishing of health care services or counseling related to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, rather than just the diagnosis or treatment.

The bill passed the Illinois House of Representatives on April 4. The bill sponsors in the House are Lamont J. Robinson, Jr., Rita Mayfield, Kelly M. Cassidy, Kathleen Willis, Robert Rita, Robert Martwick, Michael Halpin, Theresa Mah, Gregory Harris, Delia C. Ramirez, Camille Y. Lilly, Will Guzzardi, Anna Moeller, Sam Yingling, Nicholas K. Smith, Robyn Gabel, LaToya Greenwood, Michelle Mussman, Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, Michael J. Zalewski and Daniel Didech. The Senate sponsor is Robert Peters of Chicago.

You can read the full text of the bill here.