A judicial bypass is when a judge gives a minor permission to have an abortion without her parent or guardian's consent. The bill is authored by Democratic State Representative Geanie Morrison. She says she wants the judge to see the minor in person without exception. The minor would also need to show a government-issued ID, and would require more time to pass before the judge could consent to the procedure.
Gov Sam Brownback signed a bill into law that restricts the most common abortion technique. A similar bills looks like it will pass in Oklahoma. Missouri, South Carolina, and South Dakota has proposed similar bills.
After a federal appellate court ruling that Texas can enact its abortion restriction, a possible loophole in the law may have women looking to their doctors for the procedure according to a recent article from the Texas Tribune.
Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill this week requiring caregivers to notify women of the availability of perinatal hospice services for fetuses diagnosed with conditions incompatible with sustaining life after birth. The perinatal hospice services provide support from the time of diagnosis through the infant’s birth and death according to a report from KGOU.
Last year, Texas lawmakers passed House Bill 2, which made abortion rules even more stringent. The procedure was banned after 20 weeks of gestation and physicians performing abortions were required to have hospital admitting privilege within 30 miles of an abortion facility. Those changes reduced access to abortions across the state according to The Texas Tribune.