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26 states allow 12-year-olds to obtain contraception. Oregon allows 15-year-olds to consent to sterilization.
The Guttmacher Institute, in a Sept. 1 briefing on state policies, said that an increase in minorsâ€™ access to reproductive health care over the last 30 years shows a broader recognition that â€śwhile parental involvement in minorsâ€™ health care decisions is desirable, many minors will not avail themselves of important services if they are forced to involve their parents.â€ť
The institute, the former research arm of abortion provider Planned Parenthood, said that 26 states and the District of Columbia allow all minors 12 years and older to consent to contraceptive services. At least one state, Oregon, allows 15-year-olds to consent to sterilization.