Access to Abortion

Access to abortion for teenagers varies from state to state. In Colorado, both parents must be informed as evidenced by their signature and ID or their physical presence at the procedure. However, teens have the option of petitioning for judicial bypass, in which a judge makes an exception so that one or both parents do not have to be notified. Some reasons offered for seeking judicial bypass include cases of incest, rape, threat of physical harm or abandonment.

Parental Notification/Consent Laws by State (image by Lokal_Profil)

   No parental notification or consent laws.
   One parent must be informed beforehand.
   Both parents must be informed beforehand.
   One parent must consent beforehand.
   Both parents must consent beforehand.
   Parental notification law currently enjoined.
   Parental consent law currently enjoined.

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