What We Do
Jane’s Due Process helps young people in Texas navigate parental consent laws and abortion bans to confidentially access abortion and birth control.
Our work includes:
- Abortion and practical support funding for young people under 18 traveling out of Texas for abortion care.
- Text line for young people needing information on birth control and family planning services without parental involvement.
- Free emergency contraception for teens in various Texas communities.
- Advocating for and centering the voices of young people in the fight for reproductive rights.
We are working towards a future where young people in Texas have full reproductive freedom and autonomy over their healthcare decisions.
Jane’s Due Process was founded to help Texas teens navigate judicial bypass. Because Texas now has a complete abortion ban, young people must travel out of state for abortion. However, judicial bypass is still required in some other states. Judicial bypass is permission from a judge that allows a person under the age of 18 to consent to abortion care without parental involvement. Some state law recognizes that parental involvement may not be in the best interest of every pregnant minor, and provides a judicial bypass exception in certain cases including abuse, neglect, sexual assault, and other special circumstances. The entire process is confidential. Click here to learn more about judicial bypass.
If you are in need of help accessing abortion please call our 24/7 hotline at 1-866-999-5263. If you need help getting birth control without parental consent, please call or text our hotline at 1-866-999-5263.
Who Is “Jane”?
Minors who apply for a judicial bypass are referred to as “Jane Doe” by the court to protect confidentiality. “Our organization’s name is taken from this commitment to confidentiality. Here are some of the reasons a young person seeks a judicial bypass:
- fearing physical, emotional, or sexual abuse,
- parent or guardian would force them to continue the pregnancy,
- fears being kicked out of their home,
- they cannot locate a parent or guardian to provide consent – i.e. is an ‘orphan de facto,’
- parent or guardian is suffering from mental illness or addiction, is incarcerated, or is in crisis,
- parent or guardian lives outside of the state or country.
- minor is in custody of the state or federal government, including youth in foster care or immigration detention.
This non-exhaustive list of why teens seek a judicial bypass demonstrates that parental involvement laws harm the most vulnerable youth.
To get a better sense of our work, read our annual impact reports.