Jane’s Due Process, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2001. The organization’s mission is to ensure legal representation for pregnant minors in Texas. Jane’s Due Process is one of the few organizations in the country dedicated to pregnant teens and is considered a pioneer in delivering legal services to this group. The core of the JDP program is its statewide toll-free legal hotline and lawyer referral service.
Pregnant minors ask for legal representation and information in a variety of circumstances:
- For the minor who seeks to terminate a pregnancy but is unable to obtain parental consent and wishes to apply for a judicial bypass.
- For the minor who seeks to continue a pregnancy and experiences teen dating violence, family violence or parental pressure to terminate, resulting in the need for a protective order.
- For minors who seek information on the requirement to file for emancipation.
- For the minor who seeks access to educational opportunities and faces denial due to pregnancy and parenting (Title IX violations).
Our work with judicial bypass
A judicial bypass is a legal exception to parental consent for abortion.
Jane’s Due Process ensures guidance and free legal representation to any minor seeking a judicial bypass. Texas law recognizes that parental notification may not be in the best interest of every pregnant minor, and provides a judicial bypass exception in certain cases including incest, neglect, sexual abuse, sexual assault, and other special circumstances. Jane’s Due Process identifies those minors who, because of their unique circumstances, are likely to prevail on the merits in bypass procedures. JDP refers these cases to a network of attorneys who provide representation without cost to the minors themselves.
If you are in need of a judicial bypass, please call our 24/7 hotline at 1-866-999-5263.
If you are an attorney interested in representing judicial bypass clients in court, please email [email protected] or call our administrative line at 512-444-7891.
Who is Jane?
Minors who apply for judicial bypasses are referred to as “Jane Does” to protect their confidentiality. At Jane’s Due Process, we sometimes refer to our clients as “Janes” for short.
“Jane” is the pregnant minor who cannot receive parental consent for abortion for any of the following reasons:
- She fears physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a parent
- She is unable to locate a parent
- Her “parent” is not her legal guardian
- Her parent is unable to accompany her to the clinic
- Her parent will force her to continue a pregnancy
- She will be kicked out of her home
- Her parent is in a personal or family crisis
- Her parent is suffering from mental illness or addiction
- The minor is an orphan de facto
- Her parents are living outside of the country
- Her parent will pull her out of school or keep her from attending college.
These are just some examples of the circumstances of Jane. This is not a comprehensive list.
To get a better sense of all Jane’s Due Process does, check out JDP’s 2017 Impact Report, 2016 Impact Report, 2015 Impact Report (.pdf), 2014 Impact Report (.pdf), 2013 Impact Report (.pdf), 2012 Impact Report (.pdf).
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