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Someone asked us: if im 15 years old and want to take the abortion pill but can not let my parents know about it will the clinic or the people at the clinic let me take it without parent consent?

Laws about telling your parents depend on where you live. Some states require one or both of your parents to give permission for your abortion, or be told about your decision before the abortion. But in most of these states, you can ask a judge to excuse you from these requirements. This is called a “judicial bypass.” 

Learn more about parental consent and notification laws in the different states. Your nearest Planned Parenthood health center can also tell you more about the laws in your state, and the judicial bypass option.

In 2022, The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which means that states can now ban abortion. Some states have either banned abortion (making it illegal) or banned abortion after a certain number of weeks into pregnancy (like 6, 15, or 20 weeks from the first day of your last period). But Abortion is NOT banned nationwide. Abortion is still legal in many states, and it's also legal to go to a different state to get an abortion.

You can find more information about getting an abortion in your state on our website or at AbortionFinder.org.

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