Arizona Judicial Branch

Abortion Request by Minor Without Parent Consent

A.R.S. § 36-2152, enacted in 2001, prohibits any physician from performing an abortion on an unemancipated minor without the written consent of one of the minor's parents or her guardian or conservator, or unless a judge of the superior court authorizes the physician to perform the abortion pursuant to prescribed procedures.

This statute was initially stayed pending a constitutional challenge.  However, on March 3, 2003 a mandate was issued from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Planned Parenthood v. Lawall, holding the statute constitutional. The same day, the Supreme Court issued Instructions and Forms implementing the statute.

We have provided the Instructions and Forms which can be printed then completed for submission to the court.  Filing of an action under A.R.S. § 36-2152 cannot occur electronically; filing must occur by mail or in person (see Instructions to Minor).

Superior Court

Court of Appeals / AZ Supreme Court

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