Judicial Bypass for Abortion

Abortion is currently banned in Texas.

Some states require parental notification or parental consent for young people under age 18 to get an abortion. A judicial bypass for abortion is an order from a judge that allows a young person to get an abortion without the notification or consent of their parents. 

The standards for obtaining a judicial bypass can be slightly different in each state. In general judicial bypass can be granted on three grounds: 

  • That you are sufficiently well informed and mature enough to make the decision to have an abortion.
  • That it is not in your best interest for your parent or legal guardian to be notified.
  • That if notifying a parent or legal guardian could lead to sexual, physical, or emotional abuse. 

The following states have parental involvement laws: Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusettes, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

If you are a teen living in a state with a parental notification or parental consent law and would like to know more about judicial bypass, including who in your state can help you through the process, call or text Jane’s Due Process at 1-866-999-5263.

The following videos provide basic information about judicial bypass. Some of this information could vary by state.



Page last updated 10/12/22.