Pro-Abortion Supreme Court Justice Has History of Overruling Parents’ Wishes
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Yvette McGee Brown is such a staunch defender of abortion, she regularly ruled in favor of minors seeking to have abortions without their parents knowledge or permission early in her tenure as a Juvenile Court Judge in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court. During her first two years as a Juvenile Court judge, she granted every request to bypass Ohio’s abortion laws that her court saw.
Ohios parental notification law, which took effect in 1990, requires unmarried girls under the age of 18 to obtain a parent or guardian’s permission before having an abortion. A minor seeking to waive the parental consent requirement must prove to the court that she is mature enough to make the decision without parental consultation, that parental notification would not be in her best interests, and that she understands the consequences of the abortion procedure.
In 2011, the notification law was updated to require clear and convincing evidence of the bypasss necessity, as well as to require judges to question the minors understanding of an abortion’s physical and emotional complications.
Ohio Right to Life president Mike Gonidakis claimed regarding the bypass requests that there is evidence across the state that judges are rubber-stamping these requests without first determining that minors understand the potential physical and emotional consequences of their decisions, among other provisions.
A 2003 report by the Akron Beacon-Journal found that judicial bypass approval rates in Ohio were nearly 90 percent, seemingly validating Gonidakis’s claim. Franklin County led the state in bypass approval rates, with only 13 bypass requests denied in the time period sampled. The majority of Franklin County’s bypass denials came from a single judge.
Defending the reputation she acquired for overruling parents consent rights, McGee Brown said, my view of maturity is not someone elses view of maturity.
In a 1993 Columbus Dispatch investigation about Franklin County judges’ application of Ohio’s parental notification law, staff reporter Catherine Candisky wrote that lawyers for teenaged girls seeking abortions privately admitted to shopping around for pro-abortion judges, avoiding judges who granted bypasses more sparingly.
McGee Brown was selected by Democratic Governor Ted Strickland to serve as his running mate during Stricklands 2010 re-election campaign. After Strickland’s failed re-election bid, she was nominated to serve on the Ohio Supreme Court. McGee Brown was endorsed as a candidate for lieutenant governor by NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio during the 2010 campaign.