Youth Rights in Oregon

Why are minor rights important?

In Oregon, minors—defined by law as anyone under the age of 18—have certain rights and privileges concerning their ability to access and receive general healthcare services without parental consent. While parental consent is often needed in many healthcare scenarios, there are situations in which a youth might not be able to access the care and assistance they deem best for their body because of parental consent laws. In this way, youth are still able to exercise some degree of autonomy over their bodies even when without parental consent.