Right to counsel

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Legislation, Bypass of Parental Input into Abortion - Minor

At one time, Maine required minors to obtain parental consent prior to seeking an abortion. However, current Maine law only requires that the minor be provided certain information prior to obtaining the abortion. There is, though, still a statutory procedure in place for a minor to seek judicial approval for the abortion, and that procedure contains a right to counsel for the minor. See Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 22, § 1597-A(6)(C) (2012) ("If any party is unable to afford counsel, the court shall appoint counsel at least 24 hours before the time of the hearing")

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes