Vermont Bill Regarding Parental Notification (H 440)
This law was last updated on Nov 19, 2018
H 440 would require that a parent or guardian of an unemancipated minor receive written notice at least 48 hours before an abortion is performed on the minor, unless the abortion is necessary to prevent serious bodily injury or death of the minor.
The written notification would need to be delivered by the attending health care provider in-person or via certified mail.
Notification would not be required if:
- the physician certifies that the abortion is necessary to prevent the minor’s death or serious physical injury to the minor and there is insufficient time to provide notice;
- the parent or guardian certifies in writing that they have already received notification; or
- a court authorizes the health care provider to go ahead with the procedure.
H 440 would also require health care providers to provide pregnancy information and counseling to minors prior to providing services related to pregnancy, including:
- an explanation that the information is being given objectively;
- an explanation that the minor may withdraw or reconsider a decision related to her pregnancy;
- options available for managing pregnancy decisions and follow-up care;
- public and private agencies available to assist the minor;
- a discussion of the possibility of involving the minor’s parents or guardians; and
- an adequate opportunity for the minor to ask questions and receive answers concerning reproductive health care.