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Adolescents Seeking Judicial Bypass for Abortion Face Legal Hurdles and Emotional Consequences, New TxPEP Research in JAH

Wed, September 5, 2018
Adolescents Seeking Judicial Bypass for Abortion Face Legal Hurdles and Emotional Consequences, New TxPEP Research in JAH
New TxPEP research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health features interviews with Texas teens on the judicial bypass process.

New TxPEP research published today in the Journal of Adolescent Health shows that adolescents seeking abortion without a parent's consent face numerous legal hurdles and emotional consequences. Judicial bypass allows the teens to consent for themselves, but, according to interviews with the teens seeking bypass, the process works as a form of punishment.

We conducted interviews with 20 adolescents who were 16-17 years old at the time they went to court for judicial bypass. Many had experienced family trauma, adverse childhood experiences including household substance abuse, or a general fear for their own safety if they told their parents about their decision to seek an abortion.

“Proponents of parental involvement and bypass laws claim they protect adolescents from alleged negative emotional consequences of abortion, yet our results suggest the bypass process itself causes emotional harm through unpredictability, humiliation and shame,” the study said.

Read the press release here.

Read a research brief on the article here (published by Scholars Strategy Network).

See the full article here.

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