House backs bill to require parental consent


HELENA, Mont. - The House is backing a measure to require parental consent for underage abortions.
The measure was endorsed Tuesday mostly along partisan lines in the Republican-controlled chamber.
House Bill 391 would require written parental consent before anyone under the age of 18 could get an abortion unless they were an emancipated minor or had a judicial waiver. It also requires both parent and teen to sign a notification form about the dangers of the procedure written by the abortion foes.
Supporters say it is a sequel to the ballot initiative approved by voters which requires parental notification before a girl under the age of 16 could get an abortion.
Opponents led by Democrats argued most teens already include parents in such decisions.

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