The Parental Notification Act is a law passed by the Colorado Legislature in 2003. Under this law, if a woman under the age of 18 becomes pregnant and chooses to terminate the pregnancy, the health care provider must notify her parent or guardian 48 hours before she can have an abortion.
There is a choice for teens who can't tell their parent about their decision to have an abortion. It is called a judicial bypass. If you are sure that you cannot tell your parent or guardian about your pregnancy, you can ask for an order from a judge to allow you to have an abortion without telling anyone. If you choose the option of judicial bypass, or would like more information about this process, please call our toll-free hotline at 1.866.277.2771.
When you make an appointment for an abortion at one of our health centers, our staff will talk with you about this law. We hope that you can talk with your parents or another trusted adult about your situation. We will explain notification and judicial bypass and answer your questions so you can make the choice that is best for you.
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