Sometimes judges decide that a minor is not mature enough to decide to have an abortion without involving a parent. This has happened when the judge doesn’t feel the minor can articulate what happens during an abortion, that the minor can’t describe possible complications or risks and how to deal with them, or that the minor doesn’t have any adult they can turn to for advice or support.
If the judge does not grant your request, Florida law gives you the right to appeal to another judge. The second judge has seven days to decide, but can ask for an extra three days.
If you didn’t have a lawyer during your meeting with your first judge, ask for one for the second judge (See “Do I need a lawyer?“). Talk with your lawyer about how you can be better prepared to address the judge’s concerns.
- What is a judicial bypass for abortion?
- Where do I go to get a judicial bypass?
- What forms do I need?
- What will the judge consider?
- Do I need a lawyer?
- How long does it take to get a judicial bypass?
- Does it cost money to get a judicial bypass?
- Will anyone know if I get a judicial bypass for abortion?
- What kinds of questions will the judge ask me?
- What do I wear to court?
- What happens if my hearing is scheduled during a school day?
- Does the other person involved in my pregnancy have a say about whether I choose to have an abortion?
- Do I have to be a US citizen to have an abortion? What if I don’t speak English well?
- Can I change my mind after I get the bypass?
- What if the judge denies my request for a bypass?