(02-16-2010) The following is an update on NYS Bill S4779/ A6702, the dangerous bill aiming to take away parental consent regarding child vaccinations. It was submitted by Dr. Michael Creta.
Dr. Michael Creta is a board certified Family Physician who has a private practice in Ronkonkoma. He has been a physician for 19 years and currently lives in Shoreham.
S4779/A6702, no parental consent an outrage
In the New York State Senate and Assembly there is a dangerous bill which is actually moving it’s way to the floor for a vote. The bill is S4779/A6702, and it has to do with allowing a “health care practitioner” to diagnose and treat your underage child for sexually transmitted diseases without the parent’s consent. It also gives the “health care practitioner” the power to give your underage child the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine, sold under the brand name :”Gardasil”, also without your consent, as long as the child has the “capacity to consent”. Gardasil is currently approved to be given to girls age 9 to 26, and boys of approximately the same age.
I am a physician, and I am outraged that such a bill could even have gotten as far as it has through our legislature. Since when is it morally right to treat an underage child with any sort of medical treatment without the consent of, and in the presence of, their parent? As physicians, we are under a moral and legal obligation to provide our patients with information regarding the risks and benefits of any medical treatment we propose to our patients. With this information, you are then required to give informed consent. Since when can a 10 year old girl give consent? We don’t let 10 year old girls vote, or go to war, or enter into contracts, do we? Isn’t the legal age of majority 18? If a 50 year old man has sexual relations with your 12 year old daughter who “consented”, is this OK? No, because the child does not have the capacity to consent in the eyes of the community, as reflected through the law. So, what could possibly be going through the minds of these legislators who have approved this bill?