Overview

Let’s break it down. We’ll start with the basics—click here if you want more details.

What is Judicial Bypass?

Judicial Bypass is an alternative to the Louisiana Law that requires all minors (under 18) to have written permission from a parent or guardian to get an abortion. If your parent or guardian is unwilling or unavailable to discuss your pregnancy options, a judge can approve your abortion request. You’ll be able to meet with a judge in the parish where you live or the parish where you’ll have an abortion.

Before starting the process, let’s review your rights. These are important to know before going to court. This may feel stressful, but don’t forget that you are capable of making this decision and are always entitled to these rights.

Your Rights

  • A speedy decision: Normally the judge will decide right away but they must within 48 hours.
  • A lawyer: You’ll be matched with a lawyer unless you want to bring your own.
  • Confidentiality: Your hearing will be in private and no information about you will be available to the public. The court can’t share anything with your parents unless the petition is denied–then the judge may notify them.
  • Answers: Your lawyer, the courthouse clerk, and the clinic staff are all available to answer questions. Ask anything!
  • Support: You can bring someone like a friend, sibling, or partner to the courthouse for support.
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