PARENTAL-CONSENT STATUTEparental-consent statute. A statute that requires a minor to obtain his or her parent’s consent before receiving elective medical treatment. ? Without parental consent, a physician or other medical professional commits a battery upon a child when giving nonemergency medical treatment. To pass constitutional muster, a parental-consent statute must include a judicial-bypass provision. Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833, 112 S.Ct. 2791 (1992). ¡ª Also termed parental-consent treatment statute. See JUDICIAL-BYPASS PROVISION. Cf. PARENTAL-NOTIFICATION STATUTE; MATURE-MINOR DOCTRINE.
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