It's almost Women's Equality Day! Whatever ur gender, u have equal rights 2 get confidential health services w/out ur parents' consent.
Women's Equality Day is coming up on August 26th. The day celebrates the anniversary of the passing of the 19th ammendement, when women were given the right to vote back in 1920. We have come so far, but still have a ways to go to ensure that EVERYONE, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or race/ethnicity is treated equally.
Fortunately, whatever your gender, you have equal rights to get confidential and affordable health services without needing your parents' consent and without them being notified.
California lawmakers understood that talking to your parents, guardians, or partner about sensitive issues like birth control and STD testing can be tough. That's why, in order to encourage you to seek the care you need, laws have been put in place to make sure you have access to confidential medical services related to:
- Birth Control, including Emergency Contraception
- Testing and Treatment for STDs (ages 12 and over)
- Pregnancy Testing and Prenatal Care
- Abortion Services
- Mental Health Services
Learn more about the confidential services that are available to you in California here.