A new study by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project shows that the judicial bypass process is Texas punishes and humiliates young people, thanks to testimony shared with researchers by former clients of Jane’s Due Process. You can read the study in its entirety in the Journal of Adolescent Health, which is summarized at the Scholars Strategy Network.
In Pacific Standard Magazine, in an article titled “Here’s What It’s Like to Argue Before a Judge that You Should be Able to Get an Abortion Without Telling Your Parents,” Kate Coleman-Minahan, a nursing professor at the University of Colorado who conducted all of the interviews for the study, said, “Our data shows that the judicial bypass process is actually harmful. It’s not protecting them. We found the process is very unpredictable in Texas, and it exposes adolescents to humiliation, shame, stigma, and sometimes trauma.”