20-9-4.2 Physician treating minor without consent of parent or guardian--Immunity from liability--T...
Physician treating minor without consent of parent or guardian--Immunity from
A minor as defined in § 26-1-1 may be treated by a licensed physician
before the minor's parent's or guardian's consent is obtained if a parent or guardian is not
immediately available and if, in the opinion of the treating physician, exercising competent medical
judgment, the attempt to secure the consent would result in delay of treatment which would threaten
the minor's life or health.
No physician, hospital, or other person assisting in the treatment of a minor may be held liable
for providing medical or surgical treatment for a minor without consent of the minor's parent or
guardian, if in the opinion of the treating physician, exercising competent medical judgment, the
minor's life or health would be threatened by delaying treatment.
This section does not apply to an elective abortion or to sterilization or to any device or
medication for the control of birth, nor shall it be construed to constitute a modification or repeal of
any other current provision of law pertaining thereto.
Source: SL 1983, ch 208, §§ 1, 2.