Reproductive Health Services requires all unemancipated minors seeking an abortion in the State of Missouri to obtain notarized written consent of the minor and one parent. In some cases, a second custodial parent must be notified BEFORE the patient’s first appointment. A list of required documents is included below to help you understand what documentation is needed on the day of your first appointment.
The following is a list of documentation and requirements (#1-3) the minor and the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) MUST bring the day of their appointment. If you do not bring all required documentation to your appointment, you cannot have your procedure and you will be rescheduled.
- Photo ID of minor patient - The minor will need a state-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, or military ID.
- Photo ID of parent or guardian - The parent will need a state-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, or military ID.
- Legal papers linking the minor to the parent or legal guardian, such as -
- Birth Certificate
- Custodial agreement or Divorce decree
- Guardianship paperwork
- Authorization for Medical treatment assigned by the courts
NOTE: If the parent’s name differs from the name that appears on the birth certificate (for example, mother has remarried) documentation must be submitted verifying the parent’s connection to the minor. Acceptable documentation would include:
- Divorce papers showing a name change
- Custody agreement
- Guardianship papers
- Marriage certificate showing name change for the mother.
4. REQUIRED ACTION: Parental Notification - If the minor has another custodial parent (in addition to the parent providing consent) who has been awarded joint legal custody or joint physical custody by a court, the consenting parent may have to provide written notification to the other parent BEFORE the patient’s first appointment. The consenting parent can complete the following form before the first appointment or complete it at the health center. It MUST be reviewed and any action taken, if necessary, prior to the first appointment.
Other Important & Required Information
Parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) will need to be present at the time of check-in and stay for the entire procedure.
If you are a minor and feel as though you would be in physical and/or mental danger if you informed your parent(s)/guardian(s) or if you are unable to contact your parent(s)/guardian(s) please call 314-652-3114 or 314-652-3111 for more information. A judge can waive the parental consent requirement, if necessary and appropriate.
Both numbers connect to the ACLU. Please mention "judicial bypass" when calling.