Yes, under North Carolina state law as of January 1, 2020, anyone under the age of eighteen seeking a medical or surgical abortion will need parental or legal guardian consent before an abortion can be performed. In addition, a pre-abortion consultation is required; this is common in many states. There are two exceptions to this rule, however.
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Can I get an abortion without my parents鈥?consent?
If you are under 18 and want to get an abortion but cannot notify or get the consent from one parent or legal guardian, you can apply to get permission from a judge, instead. This is called a judicial bypass. It is entirely confidential鈥攜our parents will not be involved.
How do I get an abortion under 18 in North Carolina?
If you are under the age of 18 and wish to have an abortion in North Carolina, there are two options. The first is to have your parent, legal custodian or grandparent (with whom you have been living for the past six months) give consent to the physician. If this is not possible, the second option is to obtain a judicial waiver of parental consent.
What constitutes an illegal abortion in North Carolina?
Although North Carolina abortion laws can be restrictive, the definition of an illegal abortion is relatively straightforward. Abortions are illegal by definition if a doctor or other person gives the mother any instrument or substance with the intent to give the mother a miscarriage.
Should teens have to tell their parents when they get an abortion?
Thirty-seven states now require teens seeking abortions to notify their parents. Some require written parental consent, or even force parents to go with a daughter to her abortion. Anti-choice activists say these laws foster family communication. They insist parental consent legislation is about family values. The research suggests otherwise.