by Alexa Ura
The Texas Tribune
Underage Texas women seeking abortions without their parents' consent will face a tougher set of legal hurdles in the new year.
State law already requires minors — those under age 18 — to get sign-off from at least one parent before receiving an abortion, unless doing so could put the young woman in danger of physical, sexual or emotional abuse. In those cases, a judge can be asked to approve the procedure.
New legislation that takes effect Friday tightens the rules for seeking such “judicial bypass,” including heightening reporting requirements and adding a new civil penalty of up to $10,000 for anyone found to “intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or with gross negligence” violate the law.
Here's a look at five other ways the rules are changing, and what they mean for Texas minors.
1. The new judicial bypass rules lengthen the window of time judges have to rule on such cases from two days to five days.
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