The age of consent to get an abortion in North Carolina is 18.

If you are under the age of 18 and need an abortion in North Carolina, there are two options:

  1. With permission from a parent or certain guardians. You may get an abortion if your parent, legal guardian, legal custodian, a parent with whom you live, or a grandparent with whom you’ve lived for at least 6 months consents.


  1. If you get a “judicial waiver.” A judicial waiver is a way for a person under the age of 18 to get an abortion in North Carolina without parental consent. The process is free, confidential, will take about a week, and you can get an attorney (at no cost!) to represent you. You can learn more about the judicial waiver process by reaching out to “Text Abby” (text 844-997-2229) or learn more about the process on the Carolina Abortion Fund website. Text Abby can help you through the process of applying for a judicial waiver, including connecting you to a free attorney to represent you. If needed, Text Abby can also connect you to help with transportation and funding.

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