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Friday, July 28, 2017

Former Abortion Workers Reveal How They Helped Teens Get Abortions Without Parents’ Knowledge

By Sarah Terzo
Live Action News

Former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson and the organization And Then There Were None, which Johnson created to help abortion workers leave the industry, held a webcast with former abortion workers on December 21, 2016. 

In this webcast, the workers discussed ways in which their facilities put women at risk. For example, one abortion worker described how her facility never called an ambulance when women were hurt. The directors of the facility did not want to scare the other patients or let pro-lifers to get pictures of ambulances outside their doors. The webcast also covered ways abortion facilities are able to evade regulations.

At one point in the 2016 webcast, Abby Johnson and former abortion worker Margo discussed how minors are able to get abortions without their parents’ knowledge even in states that have parental notification or consent laws.

When parental notification/consent laws were found constitutional by the Supreme Court in 1990 in Hodgson v. Minnesota, a requirement was put forth by the court. Teens who did not want to notify their parents had to be given the option of a judicial bypass. 

A judicial bypass process requires a pregnant minor to go before a judge and convince him/her that she is mature enough to make her own decision about abortion or, failing that, that abortion is in her best interest. The judge is supposed to weigh the facts of the case and make a decision. In reality, the hearings are often a rubber stamp process.

As Abby Johnson says:
[I]n states where it is the judicial [bypass], we know that those are just rubber stamped for these young women. So what that means is that a 13-year-old girl could go and see a judge in a secret court proceeding where her parents will never know she’s having an abortion. The school counselor can take her one day, her parents could drop her off at school, the school counselor or school nurse could take her to the abortion clinic where she would have the abortion. 
The school counselor or nurse [would take her] back to school where her parents would pick her up at 3:30 in the afternoon, and the parents would have absolutely no idea that their grandchild had just been killed in the name of choice. They would have no idea that their little girl was just lying on a surgical exam room table having a very invasive surgical procedure. 
That is the reality of abortion law in the United States. …. The judges just stamp it and say approved and these women go in to have an abortion….and they don’t have any parental involvement.
Margot explained that her abortion facility helped arrange judicial bypass hearings for minors who came to them. She says:
I do not believe that any of the minors who came to our clinic seeking help to get the judicial bypass were ever declined.
Live Action News continues

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