Florida law requires a parent to be notified if a young person under 18 years old is trying to get an abortion. On July 1, 2020, the law will change and a parent will need to give permission. (More info on the Florida laws here.) Most young people talk to their parents when they need an abortion – but some can’t, for their own safety; and others simply don’t want to disappoint their parents. If you can’t get your parent’s permission or are unable to ask your parents, you can get an abortion with no parent involved if you go to court and are granted a “judicial bypass”. This is a waiver from a court that will allow you to go ahead with an abortion without your parents being involved.
- 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?
Jane’s Due Process is offering information and 1-on-1 support for any young person going through the judicial bypass process. To contact Jane’s Due Process text their hotline at 866-999-5263.
Are you looking for information for judicial bypass for a state other than Florida?
Check out the the website of our national partner, If/When/How, for help.