Teenage Abortion Laws
Parental consent or a judicial bypass is required for women under 18 to obtain an abortion.
It sounds scary, but don’t worry. We will help you understand and work within the law so that you get the care you deserve.
If you are a minor (under age 18), the State of Michigan requires that you obtain written parental consent of one parent OR a judicial bypass for abortion. The women who work at Northland Family Planning are warm, friendly and caring. Whether you need a judicial bypass or help finding a way to talk with your parent(s) or guardian(s), we are committed to helping you understand and manage Michigan’s teenage pregnancy abortion law.
Teen Abortion Laws
The State of Michigan passed a law that is referred to as the Parental Consent abortion law or the Judicial Bypass law. Simply stated, this law requires any minor (under age 18) to have one parent’s consent to have an abortion or obtain a judicial bypass from a judge. The judge does not decide if you can have an abortion, but decides if you are mature enough to make your own decision with this pregnancy.
If you have the permission of your parent(s)
You or your parent(s) or legal guardian can make an abortion appointment at Northland. You can also come in for free pregnancy options counseling (with or without a parent or legal guardian). The parent or legal guardian must be with you on the day of your abortion appointment and sign all the legal and medical paperwork, including the informed consent form.
If you want to talk with one of your parents or a guardian but are feeling scared or ashamed…
Call our office and ask to speak with one of our counselors who will offer you advice on ways to talk to your parents. Many young women who are afraid or ashamed to face their parent(s) bring them in to our clinic and, together, we tell them that their daughter is pregnant. We stand by your side.
We strongly recommend that parents supporting their children in the abortion process read our Support page for how to help them cope and how to help yourselves cope, as this can be a difficult time for everyone involved.
Sponsored by the Abortion Conversation Project (ACP), this resource offers helpful information on talking to your parents: CLICK HERE
If you need a Judicial Bypass, the staff of Northland are here to help prepare you for this process. We know from experience that it is helpful to meet with our counselors face-to-face so you can get accurate medical information, confirm your pregnancy, and have the opportunity to talk about your feelings. Many judges– and patients– have found this to be an important first step in defining maturity.
When you come in, we will verify your pregnancy and get some basic health information from you. Our counselors will prepare you to meet with your attorney and explain what it is like to go in front of the judge. We also explain the abortion procedure so that you understand the procedure and the after care. Most judges will ask you about this.
You will receive the name and phone number of the attorney who has agreed to help you seek a judicial waiver from a judge. This lawyer will work with you FREE of charge to obtain the Judicial Bypass. If you cannot come in to our office to meet with a counselor, please call us. We will have a conversation with you and provide the phone numbers for the local attorney.
If you have more questions about your rights in Michigan as a pregnant teen, check out the Michigan Youth Rights (MY Rights) project by the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH).