Right to counsel

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Legislation, Bypass of Parental Input into Abortion - Minor

A statute specifies that in a hearing for a minor seeking waiver of parental consent to obtain an abortion, "The court shall advise her that she has a right to be represented by an attorney and that if she is unable to pay for the services of an attorney one will be appointed for her."

 

In Ex parte Anonymous, 531 So. 2d 901, 905 (Ala. 1988), the court held that “the attorney to be appointed under the parental consent act is to be a guardian ad litem …” 

Cite: Ala. Code ยง 26-21-4(b)

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no