Missouri House passes tighter rules for minors' abortions

1 year 10 months 5 days ago Thursday, March 17 2016 Mar 17, 2016 Thursday, March 17, 2016 11:32:02 AM CDT March 17, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Girls who want an abortion in Missouri would need to tell both their parents under a bill that has passed the House.

Lawmakers voted 121-34 Thursday to pass a bill requiring a minor to submit to her abortion doctor the written consent of one parent along with written proof that the other parent was notified. Currently, a minor requires only the written consent of one parent.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

The legislation wouldn't apply to parents convicted of crimes such as child abuse. Bill sponsor Rep. Rocky Miller said those exemptions would protect children from harm.

Opponents said many abusers are never convicted, and some girls could turn to more dangerous options rather than tell their family about a safe and professional abortion.

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