Abortion laws across the United States have been in flux since the Supreme Court overturned the federal constitutional right to abortion in June 2022. This means that, in states where abortion is restricted, women are considering traveling out of state to obtain abortions. This includes minors.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, 36 states at this time require parental involvement to some degree or another, which usually means parental consent or at least notification. However, 35 of these states have a judicial bypass procedure that allows minors to seek approval for an abortion from a court, waiving parental involvement.
According to Planned Parenthood, no parental involvement is required in Alaska, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.
You can advocate for laws that prevent minors from obtaining abortions out of state without parental permission. Here is an outline of ways to work for legislative reform.
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