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Parents' rights can't be 'vaporized': Court says teens need parental permission to get birth control

Anti-abortion supporters and pro-abortion rights supporters crowd into the rotunda of the Texas Capitol, Monday, July 1, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Mostly upholding a controversial law with far-reaching impact, judges on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a father who sued the federal government claiming that long-standing federal protections for teens’ confidential access to contraceptives at federally-funded clinics are in contradiction with his rights as a parent in Texas .

The unanimous decision handed down from a three-judge appellate panel based in Louisiana largely affirms a recent ruling from U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, a Donald Trump appointee with a history of opposing abortion access , as Law&Crime has previously reported.

The ruling is rooted in a 2020 lawsuit filed by Alexander Deanda. The Amarillo, Texas, resident alleged that federal protections afforded nationwide under ...