Alabama Bill Regarding Parental Consent (HB 539)
This law was last updated on Jun 2, 2017
HB 539 would require both resident and nonresident minors to obtain parental consent in order to obtain an abortion.
Under current law, the requirements and procedure for consent and waiver do not apply to a minor who is not a resident of this state. The bill would specify that the procedures for obtaining a judicial waiver from the consent requirement are available to both residents and nonresidents.
Judicial Waiver Proceedings
The bill would allow the minor’s identity to be made known to any witness, but only after the court states on the record why the particular disclosure is necessary to promote its consideration of the petition without unduly burdening the minor.
Under existing law, the court must rule on a petition within 48 hours, subject to certain circumstances authorizing the court to extend the initial deadline. This bill would authorize an extension of up to 72 hours, except on request of the minor making the request.
The bill would require a court, before issuing a subpoena, to state on the record why the evidence or testimony requested in the particular subpoena is necessary to promote consideration of the petition and why it does not unduly burden the minor.
Companion bill to SB 376.