Nebraska Girl Doesn't Have To Tell Mom Her Abortion Plans

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled that a 17-year-old Dakota County girl can have an abortion without telling her mother.

The opinion released Friday reverses the decision of Dakota County District Court Judge William Binkard.

He ruled that the girl was not mature and an abortion without parental notification was not in her best interests.

The high court says the girl was clearly not dependent on the mother. The girl lives with her boyfriend and their 2-month-old son, owns a car, has two jobs and pays her own expenses.

In Nebraska, children under 18 must notify their parents of planned abortions at least 48 hours before the procedures.

But the law doesn't apply to children not under the care or control of their parents.

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