The Missouri House voted Monday to pass a bill requiring two parents or guardians to be notified when a minor wishes to have an abortion.
The state’s House voted 113-37 to pass HB 1383 that expands parental notification to include a written notice to both custodial parents or the guardian of the minor. Notification of two guardians must occur prior to the physician securing the informed written consent of the minor and one parent.
The legislation does make exceptions, however, for cases wherein one or more of the parents has been convicted of a sexual offense or can’t be located.
Missouri law already requires the written consent of one parent or guardian if a minor younger than 18 wishes to abort.
“Parents have a protectable interest in the life, health and well-being of their child… parental notification is essential to all parents in the protection of their child’s health,” Missouri Right to Life said in support of the bill. “This bill includes legitimate protections against parents who have been convicted of sexual abuse of that minor or whose parental rights have been terminated.”
Abortion giant Planned Parenthood sees the bill as a threat to women’s health and worries that it will create division between a minor’s wish to abort and access. “House Bill 1383 creates additional administrative barriers … this measure could cause medical care to be delayed, threatening teens’ health,” Planned Parenthood charges.
Similar proposals also have been proposed in previous years, but none have passed the Senate, U.S. News & World reported.
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