Common Questions About Judicial Bypass
Does the male involved in my pregnancy have a say about whether I choose to have an abortion?
NO. The pregnant woman is the only person who has the ultimate right to decide. There is no requirement that you get the manís consent or that you notify him.
Do I have to be from Illinois to get a bypass?
No. Any minor can get a judicial bypass in Illinois. You donít have to live in the state or be from Illinois.
If I get a judicial bypass order in Illinois can I use it to get an abortion in a clinic in another state?
No. Waivers that come from an Illinois court can only be used in Illinois clinics. Similarly, if you got a waiver in another state, you cannot use it in Illinois clinics.
What if my guardian isnít my ďofficial guardianĒ but I live with them Ė can I give notice to them?
No. Unfortunately you can only give notice to your official guardian. You can choose to go through the judicial bypass process in order to have the notification waived. Your lawyer would be able to give you the best advice on how to handle this situation.
Can I change my mind after I get the bypass?
Yes. You always have the right to change your mind and carry your pregnancy to term. While it is important for you to think about the decision before you initiate the bypass process, you donít have to have an abortion just because the judge gives you an order waiving the parental notification requirement.
Do I have to dress up when I meet my lawyer?
You donít have to dress up when you meet your lawyer. You can wear whatever makes you comfortable.
What do I wear to court?
Wear something comfortable but remember you want to show yourself in the best light possible. If you have questions about what to wear, talk with your lawyer!
What happens if my hearing is scheduled during a school day?
You will need to talk to your lawyer about how best to make sure you can attend a hearing scheduled during the school day.
How do I know if the clinic Iím going to offers abortions?
Itís always a good idea to call ahead and ask. You can also get clinic referrals from the organizations listed in the "Cost" section.
Do I have to be a US citizen to have an abortion?
You donít have to be a citizen of the United States to get an abortion and USCIS (Immigration) will not be contacted. If youíre undocumented and donít have a government ID, you will need to make sure to have something that proves who you are.
Will I still be able to get a bypass if I donít speak English?
What pregnancy related services can I have without giving my parents notice?
You can get a pregnancy test, options counseling, STI testing and prenatal care without notifying your parents. In fact, you can consent to any medical care when you are pregnant, and do not need to notify your parents. The notification requirement only applies to abortion.