For a teen who wants to access a safe, legal abortion without informing a parent, getting a judicial bypass may be completely dependent on who she calls.
The right to choose is becoming an issue all the way down to the judiciary.
The 2010 parental-notification law has been ruled constitutional, but it still may come up before the state Supreme Court.
How hard is it for a teen to get an abortion without parental permission? One social worker tries to navigate the legal system.
A new bill will let judges decide if minors were “coached” on how to get judicial bypass.
Nebraska is proposing a parental consent law for teens seeking abortions, while Ohio contemplates making the judicial bypass process even harder.
More on the anti-choice Biebs, House member discusses her abortion at 17 weeks, Alaska moves forward with “Choose Life” plate legislation, Texas mandatory ultrasound bill advances, and Pittsburgh news organizations want to unseal a minor’s denied request for a judicial bypass.
Oral sex and head and neck cancer, Baltimore CPC law is struck down, parental notification in New Mexico, making judicial bypass harder on teens, and a cosponsor of the “it’s not rape unless you’re forced” bill says they didn’t mean it that way.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland deserves a medal for seeking to address the geographic (and often economic) disparity in access to abortion in a smart and safe way.
Parental notification and consent laws are sold as a public good and as protection for teenagers, but are really only about humiliating and punishing them.