What We Do
Jane’s Due Process helps young people in Texas navigate parental consent laws on abortion and birth control. We provide free legal support, 1-on-1 case management, and stigma-free information on sexual and reproductive health.
Our work includes:
- Legal support for Texas teens obtaining judicial bypass.
- Text line for young people needing information on birth control and family planning services without parental involvement.
- Centering the voices of young people in the fight for youth reproductive rights.
- Providing guidance around judicial bypass to partners from other states.
- Fighting to end parental involvement laws in Texas.
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. If you are in need help getting birth control without parental consent, please text our hotline at 1-866-999-5263.
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.
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