But those plans and any semblance of a normal life are for now out the window.

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Jenn Burleton, the executive director of Trans Active Gender Center in Portland, said the idea a 15-year-old can walk into a doctor’s office, say they want gender affirmation surgery and get it done without a parent’s consent is unrealistic. “It’s laughable.” The Oregon Health Authority also released a statement about the such claims, explaining that the age of medical consent in Oregon (15) and coverage of gender dysphoria as a medical condition in no way suggested that teens of that age were in actuality undergoing surgery without the knowledge or consent of their parents: In Oregon, the age of medical consent is 15 or older.

Patients should be able to demonstrate the capacity to make a fully informed decision and to give consent to treatment, regardless of age.

The documents to which Fox News referred (which purportedly “quietly” approved gender reassignment for teens) in actuality assessed aligning Oregon’s public health coverage (for patients of all ages) with the general standard of treatment for gender dysphoria.

Surgery was listed as Updating Oregon’s policy and bringing it into line with current major international treatment guidelines, the Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) has voted to move gender dysphoria into the covered portion of the Prioritized List with the publication of the next biennial review List.

"That's the most important factor of this investigation, finding out if there are child victims out there," he said.

Randall confirmed that those allegations are being actively investigated, including efforts to "find, identify and get help" for sexual abuse victims who may have been struggling for years.

Amanda Anderson, his mother, says “it doesn’t even fit our lifestyle; it doesn’t fit how we raised our kids.” Zach says his parents had always told him not to have sex before marriage.

‘I want to be in trouble and not you’ Both the girl’s mother and the girl herself appeared in court, to say they didn’t believe Zach belonged on the sex offender registry.

However, nothing in Oregon law requires a health care provider to provide medical services to a minor or safeguard the confidentiality of a minor.

In most cases, providers will encourage (and in some cases require) family engagement and supports unless it would endanger the patient.

Young adults use the medium of the text message much more than any other new media to transmit messages of a sexual nature.