Get familiar with these laws, so you and your partner know what is or isn’t legal in your state. Keep in mind that the laws may be different depending on the type of sexual behavior—vaginal, anal or oral—and the gender of your partner. Because the state conducts all criminal prosecutions in Maryland, both laws are now invalid and unenforceable.
However, sexting falls under state child pornography regulations, which state that pictures of a person under 18 engaged in sexual behaviors is a crime. 1.“Sex and STI/HIV Education,” State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute. 2.“State Profiles: A Portrait of Sexuality Education and Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs in the States,” Public Policy Office. Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). 3.“Emancipation of Minors – Laws | LII / Legal Information Institute.” Cornell University Law School. “Anonymous HIV Testing Conducted by Health Departments, 2008.” Kaiser Family Foundation. “State Hate Crimes Statutory Provisions.” Anti-Defamation League. We want you to be informed because being a “minor” affects your right to information and services. Keep in mind that these laws may be different for you if you are legally considered an emancipated minor, pregnant minor, minor living apart or married minor.
You can learn more by talking to a legal representative at various agencies. If you go to a private doctor or physician, then you need to ask them about their confidentiality rules when you are making the appointment. Ask them when you call: There are no laws in Maryland specifically regarding sexting. In Maryland, you can legally consent to sexual intercourse when you become 16 years old. All minors are allowed to get a prescription for birth control without a parent’s permission. 7.“An Overview of Minors’ Consent Laws, State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute. 8.“Minors’ Access to STI Services,” State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute. To make sure your visit is confidential, tell the clinic staff how to contact you about test results and future appointments without your parents knowing.