Judges in Minnesota approved nearly all judicial bypass cases

This is very old information, but it’s still interesting to know. According to the Supreme Court, states can pass parental consent or notification laws, but they must provide a judicial bypass. A judicial bypass allows a teenager to go to a judge and plead her case that she does not want to have her parents notified of her abortion. If the judge finds in her favor, she can go ahead and have the abortion without notifying her parents. The point of escape clause was to protect young girls who were victims of abuse and who feared that their parents would beat them or kick them out of the house. However, according to an article in the Minneapolis Star and Tribune, August 11, 1988:

From 1981 to 1986, Minnesota judges granted all but 15 of the 3573 petitions for abortions without parental notification.

The judges were rubberstamping the petitions. In granting all but a tiny fraction of petitions, they were allowing teenagers, and, ultimately, the abortion providers who exploited them, to flout the law.

Oliver Trager Abortion: Choice & Conflict (New York: Facts on File, 1993)

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Author: TA Smith

Sarah Terzo is a pro-life writer and blogger. She is on the board of The Consistent Life Network and PLAGAL +

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