SB 560 was introduced and referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate on 4/5/2023. It is sponsored by Senators Kevin Corbin, Joyce Krawiec, Jim Burgin, and cosponsored by Senators Alexander; Daniel; Ford; Hanig; Hise; Johnson; Lazzara; McInnis; B. Newton; P. Newton; Overcash; Perry; Sanderson; Sawrey; and Sawyer.
SB 560 is primarily concerned with prohibiting physicians or other health care providers from providing gender transition procedures to any persons under 18 years old unless the procedure meets all the requirements of GS 90-21.141(b). The bulk of the bill is not within the scope of NVIC's mission, however, one section would enable minors to give consent for STD vaccines. SECTION 2. which addresses Minor's consent sufficient for certain medical health services would allow minors to give effective consent for the "prevention, diagnosis and treatment of (i) venereal disease and other diseases reportable under G.S. 130A-135, (ii) pregnancy, (iii) abuse of controlled substances or alcohol, and (iv) emotional disturbance." Some states have used this type of language to argue that minors could consent to vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases such as HPV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis A, apart from parental consent.
NVIC can not support a bill that would enable minors to consent to any kind of vaccine. We take no position on the gender reassignment portion of the bill language. Section 2 already prohibits health care providers from giving "any vaccine that has been granted emergency use authorization and is not yet fully approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration to an individual under 18 years of age." We suggest that every vaccine be required to have parental consent before being administered to minors.
If this bill passes, it will become effective 10/1/2023.
https://www.ncleg.gov/BillLookup/2023/S560 - text, status, and history of SB 560