Restrictions on Young Women's Access to Abortion
Rhode Island law restricts young women's access to abortion.
Is the law enforceable? Yes.
Who is considered a minor? A young woman under the age of 18 who is not married or emancipated.
What is required - parental consent or parental notice? Consent.
Who must provide consent? One parent.
Are there other trusted adults who may provide consent instead? No.
What is the process for obtaining consent? A young woman may not obtain an abortion unless one parent consents.
May the parental mandate be waived if a young woman is a victim of rape or incest? No.
May the parental mandate be waived if a young woman is a victim of child abuse? No.
May the parental mandate be waived if a young woman's health is threatened? Yes, in the case of "an emergency requiring immediate action."
May the parental mandate be waived under any other circumstances? Yes, the young woman may try to obtain permission from a judge.
If a young woman must obtain permission from a judge, what is the process? She must secure a court order stating either that she is mature and capable of informed consent or that an abortion is in her best interests.
Are there other significant requirements under the law? No.
Has a court considered the constitutionality of this law? No.
Other information about the law: None.
R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. §§ 23- 4.7-4, -6 (Enacted 1982).