Under 18 Years Old
The Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act, passed in 1989 requires that women under the age of 18 have written consent from a parent in order to have an abortion procedure.
If you are under 18 years old, you must attend the “State Mandated Information Session” with one of your parents (or your legal guardian) and they must also be with you on the day of your abortion procedure to give consent and complete state required paperwork (see State Regulations page).
If you are not able to involve your parent in your abortion decision, or you choose not to involve your parent, you have the option of obtaining a judicial bypass in order to access abortion care. This means that a judge will decide whether or not you are able to make the decision to have an abortion without parental consent. The judicial bypass process is a simple process, and the majority of our patients do not encounter any difficulties. The staff at Philadelphia Women’s Center is able to help you through this process and can explain the steps you need to take if you decide that a judicial bypass is your best option. There are no additional fees if you choose to obtain a judicial bypass.