In Texas, a person under the age of 18 cannot access a legal abortion without the consent of a parent or legal guardian. The vast majority of teens who seek abortion care in Texas do so with the knowledge and consent of their parents.
A small number—between 200 and 300 per year—cannot. That’s who we’re here for. Those are the Janes.
Janes are pregnant Texans under the age of 18 who cannot even consider the option of legal abortion care without the approval of a judge, because they do not have a parent or guardian who can or will, under the law, grant consent for the procedure.
Janes who cannot get consent of a parent or guardian can speak to a judge, and if they meet certain requirements, be granted a judicial bypass to the requirement that a parent/guardian give consent. The judicial bypass process is the result of bipartisan consensus, and has worked very well for the 15 years it has been in place in the state.
Unable to outlaw abortion outright, some Texas politicians have sought to block access to reproductive health care in countless ways, whether by shutting down clinics, eliminating funding for family planning, or limiting insurance coverage for a full range of reproductive health care services.
Today, we’re #HereForJaneTX opposing HB 3994—a proposed law that would make the judicial bypass procedure so difficult that almost no Jane would qualify for a bypass.
The legislative session ends at midnight on June 1, 2015.
Whether it passes or not, we’re here for Jane. For all Janes. For every Jane.