House endorses abortion notification requirement

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) – The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would impose an additional requirement on minors who seek abortions.

Missouri currently requires girls younger than 18 to get consent from one parent before terminating a pregnancy. The measure endorsed with a 117-37 vote Monday would require minors to notify the second parent within five days of having the procedure.

Supporters say the bill would allow divorced parents to both be involved in a minor’s decision about an abortion. Opponents say the measure would be hinder minors who don’t have healthy relationships with both parents.

The bill ould only apply if the non-consenting parent had custody of the child and has not been convicted of child or sexual abuse.

The legislation needs another vote before moving to the Senate.


Abortion is HB 1192