No matter what you decide to do about your pregnancy, we think it is important that you talk to your parents about it. For confidential advice on how to talk to your parent or guardian about your pregnancy, please call 303.321.7526 and ask for someone in our Education Department.
If you decide to have an abortion and are under 18 years of age Colorado has a parental notification law that requires the health care provider to notify your parent or legal guardian 48 hours before you can have an abortion.
If your parent comes to the health center with you, he or she can sign a form saying that he or she knows you are going to have an abortion.
The law does not say that a parent or guardian must give permission for you to have the abortion.
This law applies to all minors under age 18, unless:
- You are at least 15 years of age and are emancipated from all guardians. The definition of "guardian" is a relative - grandparent, adult aunt, adult uncle who the minor lives with, a court appointed guardian, or a foster parent.
- You are married and do not live with a guardian.
- The doctor decides there is a medical emergency related to your pregnancy.
- A court has determined that you are mature enough to make the decision to have an abortion without letting your parent, guardian or foster parent know, or that it is not in your best interest to notify your parent, guardian or foster parent. This is called a "judicial bypass".
When you make an appointment for an abortion at one of our health centers, our staff will talk with you about this law. They will explain notification and judicial bypass and answer your questions so you can make the choice that is best for you.