Second parent would be notified about abortion under measure

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Increased parental consent would be necessary for minors to terminate a pregnancy under a bill that was debated in a House committee.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( reports that the House Committee on Children and Families heard Tuesday testimony on the measure. It would require the parent of a minor seeking an abortion to provide written notification to the other “custodial parent or guardian.” Under current law, a physician must get informed written consent from one parent or guardian.

Abortion opponent Sam Lee says parents “have the right and obligation to know what’s going on with their children.” M’Evie Mead, Missouri director of organizing for Planned Parenthood, says not all teenagers come from homes where they can speak openly with both parents.

The committee didn’t vote on the measure.

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