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Court Rule or Initiative, Bypass of Parental Input into Abortion - Minor (Pre-Dobbs)

Utah R. Juv. P. Rule 60(c) provides that for judicial bypass of the parental consent requirement for a minor to have an abortion, the court shall "consider appointing an attorney under Utah Code Section 78A-6-1111 and/or the Office of Guardian ad Litem under Section 78A-6-902. If the court appoints an attorney, it may also appoint the Office of Guardian ad Litem."  There apparently is no way to obtain a bypass of the parental notification requirement.




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: discretionary Qualified: no