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Two years after imposing stringent abortion restrictions, Republican lawmakers passed a measure limiting a legal process that allows some minors to obtain abortions without their parents’ permission.
Texas law requires minors to obtain permission for an abortion from at least one parent. But if obtaining an abortion could endanger the minor, she can look to the courts for “judicial bypass” to obtain the abortion without parental consent.
The bill approved by lawmakers restricts that legal process by requiring more proof that a minor is at risk for abuse by their parents, limiting the venues where a minor can seek judicial bypass and extending the time period judges have to rule on a judicial bypass request.
Updated: May 29, 2015
- "Judicial bypass" for minors seeking abortions
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