Question Re: Parental Consent
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|Thu, 11-06-2003 - 11:46am|
Why is there no outcry to protect a child's right to watch what she wants to watch, pierce or tattoo what she wants to pierce or tattoo, or skip school if and when she pleases? Is it because a child is not considered mature or responsible enough to handle decisions regarding such trivial (to some) decisions as what movies to watch or how to decorate her body or manage her own education?
Furthermore, why are parents held responsible by our community and the media when a child does something illegal or irresponsible? If the child is mature and responsible enough to make major decisions concerning her current and future reproductive health without the benefit of parental counsel and approval, why shouldn't the child have access to other rights granted persons over 18 years of age (pick an age, depending on the specific right or priviledge)?