Make Your 2021 Resolution to Know Your Sexual + Reproductive Health Rights!

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Congratulations on surviving and making it through 2020! The the new year is the perfect time to resolve to own your health, and know your rights!

In California, teens have the right to confidential and affordable sexual and reproductive health care. That means that California teens can receive the following services WITHOUT a parent or care-giver being notified, and permission is not required:

  • Birth Control, including emergency contraception - there are many different types of birth control available! It is your choice and right to decide which method of birth control is best for you. Learn more about the different types of birth control here.
  • Prevention, testing and treatment for STDs The first step to preventing the spread of STDs is getting tested! California teens above the age of 12 are not required to receive parental permission to get tested and treated for STDs, or get the HPV vaccine. Learn more about the different types of STDs and treatments here. Find a clinic near you for testing, treatment, and prevention through the Clinic Finder on TeenSource. 
  • Pregnancy testing and prenatal care - If you feel you may be pregnant, the surest way to know if by getting tested. The earlier you know, the more choices you have control over,whether it be becoming a parent, placing your baby for adoption, or planning an abortion. Learn more about rights for pregnant and parenting teens here.
  • Abortion services - In California, teens can access abortion care without restrictions. Check out our abortion resource page for more information. 

Start the year strong by knowing your rights! Let’s hope 2021 is brighter and healthier for all.