June 22, 2019
By If/When/How, Janes Due Process, and Advocates for Youth
This Report summarizes themes from the National Judicial Bypass Convening held in April 2018 and organized by If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, with co-sponsors Jane’s Due Process and Advocates for Youth. The Convening brought together over 120 stakeholders — advocates, academics, law students, lawyers, clinicians, and researchers — who work on issues related to young people’s access to abortion, hailing from 37 states and Washington, D.C. This Report captures the unique opportunity to talk to advocates, lawyers, clinicians, and academics who are experts on the judicial bypass. The Convening engaged participants in eight sessions on topics that ranged from messaging about youth pregnancy to clinical challenges in delivering abortion care to appealing court denials of judicial bypass petitions. We hope that this Report provides a productive starting point for anyone working to make abortion care more accessible for young people.