Judicial Bypass Wiki

If you are under age 18 and want to get an abortion, but you cannot or do not want to tell your parents, we can help.

Currently, 37 states have parental involvement laws that require young people to tell, get permission from a parent, or both before the young person can have an abortion. You can look up the law in your state here. In states that do require parental involvement, there are other options. You can get an order from a judge that lets you get an abortion without telling your parents. This process is called judicial bypass.

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You can contact our Repro Legal Helpline for information about the judicial bypass process, referrals to state based groups that help with judicial bypass, or support from our attorneys and advocates. The helpline is a free resource and our advocates keep what you share with us private.

To reach the helpline at anytime, call 844-868-2812 or message us through our secure online form

If you call the helpline, please leave a voicemail with:

  1. Your first and last name
  2. The state you live in
  3. Your question or what information you are looking for
  4. Your phone number If it is ok to leave you a voicemail
  5. If you need us to call from a blocked number (meaning our phone number will not show up in your call history or on your caller ID)
  6. When is a good time to reach you morning, afternoon, evening)

We know it is not always easy to make or receive phone calls – especially if you are Deaf, have hearing loss, or just prefer not to talk on the phone. When you fill out our form, just let us know you would like us to respond with an email. If you prefer, we can call you back from a blocked number. 

We check these messages Monday-Friday from 9am – 8pm ET and respond within 2 business days. 

JB Helpline FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

If you’re a young person under 18 trying to get abortion care without telling or getting permission from your parents, we can answer questions about the judicial bypass process in your state and give you referrals to local advocates, lawyers, and resources in your state who may be able to help with through the process.

If you decide you would like a lawyer to help you through the judicial bypass process in your state, we can help you get connected to one. This may include telling you how you can get a lawyer appointed by the court or putting you directly in touch with a lawyer in your state. If no local advocates or lawyers are available where you are, our lawyers on the helpline staff may be able to help you directly. Contact us and let us know what kind of assistance you are looking for and we will be able to tell you more.

No. We cannot offer funding for abortion. If you want to learn more about getting funding for abortion, visit the Judicial Bypass Wiki page for your state for abortion fund contact information.

No. Our services are free.

Yes. We do not ask for information beyond what we need to answer your question and provide you with resources. Any information you share with our helpline staff is private and confidential. We will not share your information without your permission.

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