Teen Health

The laws surrounding teens and health care can be vague and confusing. Depending on the situation, teens have the right to make some health decisions on their own. Confidentiality and consent laws vary depending on the teen’s age and the treatment needed.

Your Health and the Law

In February 2013, the ACLU of Ohio updated its popular booklet, “Your Health and the Law: A Guide for Teens.” The guide helps to clarify the often confusing and complicated laws that govern teens health care rights. Legal …

In February 2013, the ACLU of Ohio updated its popular booklet, “Your Health and the Law: A Guide for Teens.” The guide helps to clarify the often confusing and complicated laws that govern teens health care rights. Legal explanations are accompanied by examples of situations teens might face, as well as online and social service agency resources. Download the booklet for free (en Español) or purchase print copies.

You can also request a speaker to present to educators, medical staff, youth, parents, or others who need to know about teen’s rights, or check out our teaching resources for PowerPoint presentations, outlines, and other tools to help present information about teen’s medical rights.

The laws surrounding teens and health care can be vague and confusing. Depending on the situation, teens have the right to make some health decisions on their own. Confidentiality and consent laws vary depending on the teen’s age and the treatment needed.

National ACLU Resources – Youth Issues