This project evaluates policies that require parental involvement in a minor’s decision to have an abortion. It also explores the judicial bypass process, which is a legal procedure that allows a minor to make this decision without parental involvement. Across three Southeastern states, the team is conducting interviews with minors about their experiences seeking abortion care, involving a parent, and with the judicial bypass process. The team is also interviewing healthcare providers and legal representatives to better understand barriers and facilitators that minors face at different stages of this process. This study seeks to provide an in-depth understanding of parental involvement policies and their effects on young women and health service delivery and legal practices in the Southeast.
Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
RISE Founding Director and Principal Investigator