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Abortion is a deeply personal and often complex decision. Planned Parenthood believes all people should have accurate information about all their options. Information should support a person in making their own decision, and enable them to take care of their health and well-being.

Providing access to quality, nonjudgmental health care is a priority for Planned Parenthood.  Since 1984, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast health centers in Baton Rouge and New Orleans have provided affordable, quality health care services to people in Louisiana in a confidential and nonjudgmental manner. Keeping Planned Parenthood's doors open in Louisiana is vital to Louisianian's health care. 

Do teens need their parent's permission to get an abortion?

Yes. In Louisiana, state law requires that the parent or legal guardian provide written permission for unmarried teens (under the age of 18) to have an abortion. There are a few exceptions:

1) The teen can go before a judge and receive permission from the judge to have an abortion without the parent's permission (also known as Judicial Bypass). For information about Parental Consent or Judicial Bypass, visit the Louisiana Judicial Bypass Project page.

2) Teens who are legally emancipated do not need to have permission from a parent or guardian. 

3) If there is a medical emergency and the pregnant teen needs an abortion, the parent does not have to give permission.