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"A non-married pregnant minor is emancipated and can accept or refuse any treatment, but once she delivers, she's no longer emancipated, and a parental consent is needed for any management or treatment. However, she still remains the legal guardian of her child."

I just want to confirm that, as some sources say that a pregnant minor is not emancipated.

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"Approximately 60 percent of states explicitly permit all minors to consent to medical care for their child, and even without a statute, a minor parent would almost certainly have a constitutional right to consent for medical care for his or her child. The remaining states have no relevant, explicit policy or case law. Interestingly, some states allow a minor to consent for her child's medical care, but not for her own. For updated information, please see the Alan Guttmacher Institute Web site (www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_MRP.pdf)."

It looks like the confusion lies in that it can vary from state to state.
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To clarify in order for a minor to be emancipated:
They need one of below:
1. married
2. self supporting( has a job and support oneself)
3. living independently
4. in military
5. Parent of a child that they them-self support.

-Once emancipated they can make any decision, however once it is serious medical issue such as organ donation, surgery, you will require a court order to support and proof their emancipation.

- A minor that is pregnant, can get prenatal care, and make abortion decisions and etc. in regards to pregnancy. Which means you do everything in regard to pregnancy without having to notify parent.

- After they give birth, unless at least they have a job with an income to support a child or any other 5 mentioned above, they are not emancipated.

-As for the child, it varies so I would not worry about usmle asking about it. But in general they can decide for their child, since they are the parent, unless they have given guardianship to someone else.
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