Last Friday, the Supreme Court reversed Roe vs. Wade, sending abortion laws back to the states.
In a 6-3 decision, SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that established the constitutional right to abortion in the U.S. in 1973.
The ruling came more than a month after the draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito indicating the court was prepared to take this momentous step was leaked.
On Saturday, following the SCOTUS decision, Biden’s Health and Human Services issued a press release titled, Know Your Rights: Reproductive Health Care.
In part, the press release says, “Below you will find information on your right to access care and have it covered by your insurance or other health care coverage if you have it, where to go if you don’t have coverage, and how to get information if you don’t know.”
“If you need help paying for an abortion, abortion funds may be able to provide financial assistance. Information about abortion funds and resources to help are available at AbortionFinder.org. If you need information on your state’s laws or legal help, you may consider this website: AbortionFinder.org.”
Once redirected to that site, a female simply enters her zip code, the first day of last period, and age range, to include 15 and younger.
So, we gave it shot choosing Tampa as our location, 8 weeks since last period, and 15 or younger for our age range. The results are displayed instantly.
“You’re 8 weeks, 0 days pregnant. You can end your pregnancy with the abortion pill or an abortion procedure.
In 3 weeks, 1 day, you may be too far along for the abortion pill to be an option — you would only be able to get an abortion procedure.
Right now, in Florida, abortion is banned after 23 weeks, 6 days of pregnancy. Starting July 1, 2022, abortion may be banned after 14 weeks, 6 days of pregnancy in Florida. It may be harder to get an appointment as that date approaches, so call a provider as soon as possible.
Some states require people under 18 to involve a parent or guardian when getting an abortion. If you need to avoid involving a parent or guardian, contact the If/When/How Judicial Bypass (JB) Helpline for information about getting a judicial bypass.
Because you’re less than 11 weeks pregnant, you may be eligible to get abortion pills online through telehealth if you travel out of state.”
From the results, a simple click on the Judicial Bypass line directs the user to ‘Repro Legal Helpline’ to get assistance from a judicial order saying, “There are other options if you can’t or don’t want to involve your parents, or if your parents refuse to support your decision. You can get an order from a judge that lets you get an abortion without telling your parents. This process is called judicial bypass.”
According to a Gallup poll, 71% of Americans favor parental notification laws. The question asked for the survey said, “Do you favor or oppose each of the following proposals? A law requiring women under 18 to get parental consent for any abortion?”
With 71% in favor of parental notification and 27% opposed.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, the majority of states require parental involvement in a minor’s decision to have an abortion. Most of these states require the consent or notification of only one parent, usually 24 or 48 hours before the procedure, but a handful of states require the involvement of both parents.
The parental work-around for juveniles, offered by ‘abortionfinder’ may ring a similar bell when it comes to children in schools and parental responsibility. As President Biden claimed in the April 2022 Teacher of the Year ceremony hosted by the White House, children don’t belong to parents “when they’re in the classroom.”
“They’re all our children. And the reason you’re the teachers of the year is because you recognize that. They’re not somebody else’s children. They’re like yours when they’re in the classroom,” Biden said.