In 2016, juveniles filed 42 petitions to avoid notifying a parent or guardian, according to the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts. Judges granted 36 waivers.
Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, said the higher “clear and convincing evidence” standard is appropriate, instead of a lower “preponderance of the evidence” standard.
“It shouldn’t be a close call the judge is making,” McKoon said on the Senate floor.
Sen. Harold Jones II, D-Augusta, said the standard in the bill is usually used in adversarial legal proceedings and would limit the right of minors to have an abortion.