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Right-wing media capitalized on the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling with the refrain that the so-called ‘war on women’ is nonexistent, a bizarre take on a decision that relied on conservative talking points to deal a devastating blow to women’s rights and health access.

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New from the Guttmacher Institute: More than half of U.S. women of reproductive age now live in a state with TRAP laws — medically unnecessary restrictions that make it harder for health centers to stay open, and harder for people to access safe and legal abortion.

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In a recent profile for MSNBC, Lucy Flores shared the story of her abortion, noting that she has no regrets about the procedure:
“Since I’m sharing so much this session, I might as well keep going,” she said. “I always said that I was the only one who didn’t have kids in their teenage years. That’s because at 16, I got an abortion.”
Her eyes welled up and her voice caught as she described how she’d convinced her father to pay the $200 cost for the procedure. She didn’t want to end up like her sisters, Flores told him.
“I don’t regret it,” she said. “I don’t regret it because I am here making a difference, at least in my mind, for many other young ladies and letting them know that there are options and they can do things to not be in the situation I was in, but to prevent.”

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There are 38 states that currently enforce parental notification or consent laws - find out here if yours is one, or call your local Planned Parenthood. To avoid having to notify or obtain consent from parents or guardians, you must get a judicial bypass, meaning a judge will decide if you can get an abortion. Here are a few resources I’ve found on judicial bypass for minors seeking a safe, legal abortion without parental notification or consent.

Getting judicial bypass does not cost anything, and you are entitled to a court-appointed lawyer. You are also entitled to anonymity, and you do not need to give your contact information to anyone you speak with on the phone when getting information about the process.

General Tips

  • The clinic you’ve chosen may be able to help you with the judicial bypass process. Contact them for more information. Find a list of US clinics on my Find A Clinic page.
  • Call the National Abortion Federation's hotline (1-800-772-9100) for information and referrals in your state.
  • Search your local Planned Parenthood’s website (find it here) for information on judicial bypass in your state. Even if your nearest clinic does not provide abortions, they may have advice on navigating the legal process, and references for someone who can represent you.
  • Contact your state’s American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). They may have a program that provides legal representation, or give referrals to lawyers.
  • If legal in your state, be prepared to go out of your county, or even out of state. Some judges will refuse to handle judicial bypass petitions because of their personal beliefs. If you need help getting to a court that will hear your petition, check out or contact your state’s abortion fund.

State Information

Alabama

Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc.’s page on parental consent.

West Alabama Women’s Center Inc.’s page on judicial bypass.

Alaska

Parental notification in Alaska. Links to forms you have to fill out.

Exceptions can be made in cases of abuse, assault, incest, or neglect.

Arizona

Teens and abortion law in Arizona. Links to necessary forms.

Exceptions can be made in cases of abuse, assault, incest, or neglect.

Arkansas

Little Rock Family Planning Services can help with judicial bypass.

Exceptions can be made in cases of abuse, assault, incest, or neglect.

Colorado

Instructions and required forms for Colorado.

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ page on judicial bypass.

Exceptions can be made in cases of abuse, assault, incest, or neglect.

Delaware

Delaware’s judicial bypass form is called Affidavit and Application for Waiver of Notice of Abortion and is about a fourth of the way down the page.

You also have the option of telling a grandparent or other adult relative instead of your parents. This law applies to those under 16.

Florida

Teens Seeking Abortion Services

Legal Guide for Pregnant Teens in Florida (see p. 22, #13)

Georgia

Atlanta Women’s Medical Center can help you with judicial bypass. There are at least 23 clinics in the state, and the one you choose may also be able to help.

Idaho

Forms for waiving parental consent can be found on the Court Assistance Office’s website. Instructions can be found on this page (fourth download). Find your district court, where you will go through the process, here.

Exceptions can be made in cases of abuse, assault, incest, or neglect.

Illinois

Planned Parenthood of Illinois can help with judicial bypass.

The Illinois Judicial Bypass Project has a free network of lawyers that can represent you.

Indiana

Women’s Med, a group of abortion providers, can help with the process. A doctor can also file on your behalf if they feel your welfare would be in danger if you attempted to get parental consent.

Iowa

Iowa NOW has a Judicial Bypass Fund for minors who obtain judicial bypass, but don’t have the money for an abortion.

You also have the option of telling a grandparent or other adult relative instead of your parents. Exceptions can be made in cases of abuse, assault, incest, or neglect.

Kansas

Aid for Women of Kansas will provide you with a (free) lawyer and the required documents, and help you through the process in Wyandotte County. They can also write your school an excuse for the counseling, sonogram, and abortion dates, if that’s possible for you.

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri can help with the process.

Kentucky

The Kentucky Health Justice Network works to connect people with reproductive care and services, and may have some advice.

They don’t mention it on their website, but the Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice may be able to help with the process, finding a lawyer, etc.

Louisiana

Hope Medical Group for Women will provide you with the necessary forms at the first state-mandated doctor visit.

Maryland

If your doctor/abortion provider believes it is in your best interests, you do not have to notify your parents. This is about the same judgment call as a judge would make, but less trouble for you.

Massachusetts

Judicial bypass in Massachusetts

Exceptions can be made in cases of abuse, assault, incest, or neglect.

Michigan

Information for women under 18: Consent and Abortion. Instructions and frequently answered questions on the process.

The Birds & Bees Project has information on the process and other concerns.

Minnesota

Both parents must be notified, but no resources found yet. Contact your local clinic, NAF, Planned Parenthood, or ACLU.

Exceptions can be made in cases of abuse, assault, incest, or neglect.

Mississippi

Both parents must consent, but no resources found yet. Contact the NAF or your state’s ACLU. You can obtain judicial bypass from a chancery judge in your home county or in Hinds county, where the state’s only abortion provider is located.

Missouri

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri can help with the process.

Montana

This law has been temporarily blocked and is not in effect.

Nebraska

Instructions (PDF)

Petition for waiving parental consent (PDF)

Exceptions can be made in cases of abuse, assault, incest, or neglect.

Nevada

This law has been permanently blocked and is not in effect.

New Hampshire

The Concord Feminist Health Center's page on parental notification provides instructions and necessary forms.

Providers have expressed satisfaction with NH’s court staff and judges, saying they were compassionate and sensitive.

New Jersey

This law has been permanently blocked and is not in effect.

New Mexico

This law has been permanently blocked and is not in effect.

North Carolina

Abortion Law in NC for Women under 18. Links to necessary documents and what to expect.

You also have the option of telling a grandparent or other adult relative instead of your parents.

North Dakota

Both parents must consent, but no resources found yet. Contact your state’s ACLU or the Red River Women’s Clinic.

Ohio

Lawyer Christine Baker offers free, confidential assistance.

Oklahoma

Details about parental consent and notification.

Exceptions can be made in cases of abuse, assault, incest, or neglect. No other resources found yet. Contact the NAF, your state’s ACLU, or the clinic you’ve chosen.

Pennsylvania

The Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia works through the court system to protect reproductive rights and other issues. You can call them for help finding a lawyer.

Judicial Bypass in PA

You can also call CHOICE at 1-800-84-TEENS for information on the process and other questions.

Rhode Island

Consent is required, but no resources found yet. Contact the NAF, your state’s ACLU, Planned Parenthood, or your local clinic.

South Carolina

Text of the bill requires the Adoption and Birth Parent Services Division of the DSS to help you prepare and file the petition if you ask. Call (803) 898-7318 to be connected with them.

This law applies to those younger than 17. If your doctor believes it is in your best interests, you do not have to notify your parents. You also have the option of telling a grandparent or other adult relative instead of your parents. Exceptions can be made in cases of abuse, assault, incest, or neglect.

South Dakota

Notification is required, but no resources found yet. Contact the NAF, your state’s ACLU, or Planned Parenthood.

Tennessee

Tennessee courts provide a Court Appointed Special Advocate to minors - this includes judicial bypass. More information here.

Exceptions can be made in cases of abuse, assault, incest, or neglect.

Texas

Texas Laws and Policies. Links to state-mandated booklet.

Texas has a program called Jane’s Due Process that ensures legal representation for pregnant minors.

Utah

Petition for waiver of parental consent.

Instructions for filing the petition.

Exceptions can be made in cases of abuse, assault, incest, or neglect.

Virginia

Pregnant Teen VA, a project of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, has step-by-step instructions on the process.

You also have the option of telling a grandparent or other adult relative instead of your parents. Exceptions can be made in cases of abuse, assault, incest, or neglect.

West Virginia

Notification is required, but no resources found yet. Contact the NAF, your state’s ACLU, or the clinic you’ve chosen.

If your doctor (not associated with the clinic) believes it is in your best interests, you do not have to notify your parents.

Wisconsin

Petition to waive parental consent for abortion (PDF)

If your doctor believes it is in your best interests, you do not have to notify your parents. Exceptions can be made in cases of abuse, assault, incest, or neglect.

Wyoming

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ page on judicial bypass.

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Many local court staff are ignorant of or hostile to the judicial bypass process. The link to state information is 100% accurate and up-to-date, and if anyone tells you differently, they are wrong. Unfortunately, you may be shuffled around for quite some time until you find someone who knows what they’re talking about.

The judge will base their decision on how “mature” you seem, how important they think it is that you don’t notify your parents, and if abortion is in your best interests. In Florida, for example, these are the criteria:

a) Age.

b) Overall intelligence.

c) Emotional development and stability.

d) Credibility and demeanor as a witness.

e) Ability to accept responsibility.

f) Ability to assess both the immediate and long-range consequences of the minor’s choices.

g) Ability to understand and explain the medical risks of terminating her pregnancy and to apply that to understanding to her decision.

If the judge does not rule within a given time period (usually two or three business days), the petition is either automatically granted, or you have to file yet another petition.

I’ll keep updating this post, so any more information is much appreciated.

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"Many local court staff are ignorant of or hostile to the judicial bypass process. The link to state information is 100% accurate and up-to-date, and if anyone tells you differently, they are wrong. Unfortunately, you may be shuffled around for quite some time until you find someone who knows what they’re talking about."

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