Georgia Parental Notification Law (HB 242)
This law was last updated on Aug 7, 2014
HB 242, The Juvenile Justice Reform Bill (currently known as Act 127), contains a parental notification law which prohibits a physician from performing an abortion upon an unemancipated minor unless:
- The unemancipated minor seeking an abortion is accompanied by a parent or guardian who must show proper identification and establish that he or she is the lawful parent or guardian and that he or she has been notified that an abortion is to be performed;
- The physician gives at least 24 hours actual notice in person or by telephone; or
- The physician gives written notice of the pending abortion sent by registered mail. The notice shall be deemed delivered 48 hours after mailing. The abortion may be performed 24 hours after delivery. (If the person notified indicates he or she has been previously informed that the minor intends to get an abortion, or if the person indicates that he or she does not want to consult with the minor about the abortion, the abortion may proceed.)
In addition, the unemancipated minor must sign a consent form.
The notice provisions do not apply if, in the best clinical judgment of the physician, a medical emergency exists that makes an immediate abortion necessary. A physician who performs an abortion as a medical emergency must certify in writing the medical indications on which the judgment was based.
This bill was signed into law by Gov. Bentley in May 2013 and went into effect on January 1, 2014.