JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A bill that would require the notification of both custodial parents before a minor has an abortion is moving through the Missouri legislature.
House Bill 13-83 is now headed to the Senate.
It’s sponsored by State Rep. Rocky Miller of Lake Ozark.
The Republican says the bill protects the health and well being of the child. And it may allow the minor to decide to keep the baby.
Miller says one of the biggest misunderstandings about his bill is that it requires consent from both parents, when in fact, it only requires notification of the custodial parents, and there are exemptions.
“Most parenting agreements, even if they are divorced, you have to notify the other parent of any major medical procedure, so this is just an extension of that,” Miller said. “If the other parent is a bad actor, or even just saying that they’re habitually drunk or drugged, you don’t have to notify them.”
The bill passed the House with a 113-37 vote.
It now heads to the Senate.