Missouri House Votes to Tighten Rules for Minors' Abortions | KBIA

Missouri House Votes to Tighten Rules for Minors' Abortions

Mar 10, 2016

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The Missouri House has given initial approval to a bill that would tighten the requirements for a minor to get an abortion.

The House voted 109-35 Wednesday to endorse legislation that would require a minor to submit to her abortion doctor the written consent of one parent as well as written proof that the other parent was notified. Currently, a minor requires only the written consent of one parent.

Lake Ozark Republican Rep. Rocky Miller says his bill is intended to start a conversation among families about abortion — not make it harder to get one.

Opponents say the bill could endanger girls who live in abusive households. Miller says the requirement excludes parents who have been convicted of abusive behavior, but Democrats say many abusers are never convicted.