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Legislation, Bypass of Parental Input into Abortion - Minor (Pre-Dobbs)

Minnesota has a requirement a minor notify her parents if she seeks to have an abortion, and the statute states that if the notice requirement is ever enjoined by a court, then a procedure is established whereby the minor can petition the court to bypass the parental notice requirement, and the minor has the right to appointed counsel upon request in such a proceeding. Minn. Stat. § 144.343, subd. 6.




Note: Since the U.S. Supreme Court decision's in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, 142 S.Ct. 2228 (2022), the laws governing abortion are complicated and rapidly changing.  This major development may not be current since Dobbs.  For up-to-date information about the status of abortion by state, please see Center for Reproductive Rights, After Roe Fell: Abortion Laws by State.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes