On Jan. 1, a new state law will require pregnant minors to tell a parent before getting an abortion, unless they convince a judge they’re mature enough to make the decision themselves. The problem, abortion providers say, is court officials haven’t told them or minors how to request a hearing before a judge or how a teenager’s maturity will be evaluated.
Nor have court officials said which courts will hear cases or how minors can reach the courts after hours and on weekends, given that the law requires they be allowed to file a hearing request 24 hour a day, seven days a week.
This new law goes into effect in less than a week, yet the procedures and methodologies are not in place.
It’s a badly written bill aimed at punishing young women for their sexuality. The fastest route to lifelong poverty for a teenaged female is childbirth. It’s indicative of the kind of contempt this legislature has for girls/women – they were desperate to get the bill passed, but they’re completely disinterested in how its enacted. As long as the young women have a really difficult time, they can congratulate themselves on a job well done.
No one knows how the judges will determine a minor’s maturity.
Judges in some states asked minors inappropriate questions, the report said, such as what type of birth control she would use in the future, where she had been having sex and whether she’d consider adoption more seriously.
Kiernan said neither judges nor court staff in New Hampshire have received any training on the new law or its requirements.
No training. That ought to be helpful. Because clerks and judges are all open minded, caring, and kind people who would never look askance at a pregnant teen.
If you read the article, you’ll see some horrible examples of things that have happened in other states, in the name of “determining maturity.” Some of the judges, clerks, etc. wouldn’t pass the test.
I predict that few if any minors will be found mature enough to have abortions, but all of them will be found mature enough to give birth.
Here’s a story about why parental notification laws are a disaster for young women.