Right to counsel

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Legislation, Bypass of Parental Input into Abortion - Minor

In cases where a minor seeks judicial waiver of the parental notification and consent requirements for an abortion, the court "shall appoint an attorney to represent the minor" if the minor has not retained an attorney, and also must appoint a guardian ad litem.  Tex. Fam. Code Ann. § 33.003(e).  A 2015 amendment to § 33.003(e) prohibits the judge from appointing the same attorney to serve as both GAL and child’s counsel.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no