Texas Bill Regarding Parental Consent/Notification Judicial Bypass Procedure (HB 3819)
This law was last updated on Nov 13, 2013
HB 3819 would have amended the judicial bypass procedure for minors who want to obtain an abortion without notification to and consent from a parent or guardian.
The bill would have broadened the doctor’s duty to report potential physical or sexual abuse to the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). The bill also would have removed the requirement that DFPS assist the minor in making an application for a court order so that the minor can consent to an abortion without notification to and consent from a parent or guardian.
The bill would have required that the guardian ad litem be a different person than the minor’s attorney or attorney ad litem and increases the timeframe for the court to make a ruling on the application from two days to five.
Under the provisions of the bill, the clerk of the court would have been required to retain the records for each case before the court in accordance with the rules for civil cases and to report information to the Office of Court Administration (OCA). The bill would also have required OCA to annually publish a report of these cases.