Pregnant minors can now obtain an abortion without the permission of their parents, even if state law says they must. The School of Government at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill released “guides” informing pregnant minors of a process termed “judicial bypass.” By following the “practical steps,” pregnant minors may be able to “bypass” parental notification and approval of abortion and obtain permission directly from a judge.
The Judicial Bypass Project is sponsored by the National Partnership for Women and Families. According to their website, “the project explores how the bypass works and what could make it more efficient and fair.”
Currently, thirty-six states, including North Carolina, require parental notification and/or consent before a minor receives an abortion. Support of this initiative removes parents from their child’s life-changing decision and replaces “parenting” with yet another legislator.
Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill may be “leading the way” with the Judicial Bypass Project, but they ignore the long-term consequences at stake. Not only will minors more readily obtain an abortion but also alienate their parents. State laws that encourage a relationship between parents and children should be supported not bypassed. UNC-Chapel Hill should give better advice and support the pregnant minor or at least the law.