Imagine this: You take your teen to a doctor and are told that the visit is none of your business.

A Michigan mom and blogger snapped a photo of a sign at Sparrow Hospital, which read that the law requires “a nurse to have a short five-minute conversation privately with your child.”

Christy Duffy asked the receptionist if there was an opt-out policy, but there was not. She refused to leave her side.


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In a blog post, Duffy wrote:

Make sure this is crystal clear: what they want to do is talk to your child about sex and drugs (maybe rock and roll – who knows?) without your input. Is it really such a stretch to imagine that a doctor who does not value abstinence before marriage would encourage your daughters – as young as 12! – to receive birth control? Is it really such a stretch to imagine a nurse telling a young boy – because a 12 year old boy is a BOY – that she will give him condoms so he can be “safe”? Is this what you want told to your children without the ability to filter the info through your world view?

Should a doctor ever ask to speak to a child without a parent present? If he/she suspects abuse then of course. But short of evidence of abuse, a doctor should not need to speak to a child alone.

I am the Mom. I will pick who can talk to my kids about sex and drugs. And rock-n-roll for that matter.


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This morning on “Fox and Friends,” Duffy told Tucker Carlson about the ordeal.

“I just see it as an erosion of parental rights,” she said, adding that since she has posted about her experience, she has heard from thousands of mothers who say this has happened to them, too.

In a statement, Sparrow Hospital said, “We made a mistake as we worked to implement new information systems for minors and we apologize for the error. We will not be implementing mandatory private conversations with adolescent parents.”

Watch the full interview above.


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