Judicial Bypass as a Sophomore

by Alley

October 10, 2022

I was 15 years old, having regular sex with (but not dating) a 21 year old. I started taking birth control pills, perhaps too late, because I found out I was pregnant. We weren’t speaking at that time, because my mom had an issue with the age difference, and talked to a detective about filing statutory rape charges. He tried to ignore me until I told him that I’d go talk to that detective, too, unless he gave me money for an abortion. I felt telling my parents would have been detrimental to my life at that point, read about something called a Judicial Bypass, and went in front of a judge to be granted access to an abortion as a minor without parental consent. Thinking back, it’s pretty crazy I figured out how to do all of that on my own, including bussing downtown to get to the courthouse. After I got my Judicial Bypass, I found a clinic, arranged a ride with someone I knew through my babysitting job, and had my abortion. It wasn’t particularly hard, was by no means pleasant, but it’s the best thing I could have done and I have never had ANY regrets, at all. I told my school counselor whom I trusted entirely, so she could excuse a day or two of related absence, and it was done! I can’t imagine how life would have been having an unplanned child, unwanted child at such a young age, or being tied to that scumbag forever, for any reason!

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