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Missouri House Passes Tighter Rules for Minors' Abortions

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A state Senate committee is examining legislation allowing children from unaccredited schools to transfer to accredited ones.

 Minors 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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