The answer to this varies from state to state. Few states, including California, allow minors to have all the reproductive rights and require (people under 18) to obtain an abortion without parental consent or notification. However, most states require parental consent, notification or permission from a judge (known as "judicial bypass").
If your state requires parental consent, you can go to another state where you do not live to get an abortion. However, due to laws about minors crossing state lines, it is advisable to travel with an older sibling, grandparent, or aunt.
To obtain the judge's consent (judicial bypass), the minor must file an application with a state court. The judge will consider a variety of factors including:
The court must hear the case within a short time, usually within 3 or 4 days. If the petition is denied, you have the right to appeal. The court must then reconsider your petition, and within a short time as well.
The father need not be told anything at all. The decision is completely up to the pregnant teenager.
The father has no say in decision-making. The decision is completely up to the pregnant teenager. The father's consent is unnecessary and he has no right to be notified.
Parents of pregnant teenagers cannot force them into having an abortion or placing a child for adoption. The only exception to this rule is if the pregnant teen's life is in danger due to a medical emergency. In such a case, the teen's parents have the right to permit an abortion against the teenager's wishes.
You do not need to consult a family attorney to have an abortion, and you do not need an attorney to get judicial bypass. If you have to go to court, having an attorney can be very helpful and make the process easier. An attorney may also people to communicate more effectively with the judge.
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