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Strengthened Parental Consent Passes Senate

April 15, 2003
Posted at: 8:02 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Senate approved legislation requiring a physician to get written consent of a parent before performing an abortion on a girl under 18.

The proposal would strengthen current law, which requires that parents be notified if their minor daughter wants an abortion.

The measure makes exceptions for a pregnant girl whose life is in danger or who believes her parents won't consent to an abortion. In that case, the girl can ask a judge to waive the requirement.

The bill goes back to the House for concurrence.

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