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mature minor

ma·ture mi·nor

/məˈCHo͝or ˈmīnər/

Noun

The mature minor doctrine allows a minor to demonstrate ability and maturity to make their own decisions about health care. Not all states have adopted the mature minor doctrine. In some cases, minors are given the right to refuse treatment just as they are given the right to consent to treatment. The right to refuse treatment may be granted even if the minor’s decision to refuse treatment conflicts with the wishes of the parents.