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How to Obtain Consent if you are Under 18

Teenagers who find out that they are pregnant are often worried and confused about what to do next, especially if they are thinking about getting an abortion.

Alabama law requires that if you are a minor (that is, 17 years old or younger) and have never been married, you must have written consent of one of your natural parents or a legal guardian in order to get an abortion in this state. Even if you have a child of your own, or you do not live with you parents, you must still get permission from either your mother, father, or legal guardian. The clinic requires in according with state law, you must bring in a parent or guardian who must present identification. If you cannot or do not want to get consent from a parent or guardian, you can go to court and ask for a judge to approve the abortion.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to specific questions about the Judicial Process or our section on Understanding the Judicial Process.
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