Keep a minor on birth control?
September 16, 2010 4:17 PM Subscribe
Can a parent/guardian do anything to keep a minor on birth control?
posted by doctord to law & government (32 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My parents are the legal guardians of my niece, who is now 16. She has been very difficult and rebellious for many years now. About two years ago she was put on Norplant type birth control, but now she has gotten it removed and is talking about wanting to get pregnant with her boyfriend. My parents do not need the additional chaos that this would introduce on top of the difficulties they already face in raising my niece, and she is by no stretch of the imagination ready to be a good parent. So the question is what, if anything, can be done to keep her on birth control? My searching has mainly turned up information on the minor's right to get birth control without parental approval, and very little about the reverse. They live in NM if that matters. Based on past experience, attempts to reason with my niece are likely to be futile.