The Show Me State wants to expand on its abortion parental notification law in order to fully protect underage girls seeking an abortion.
Susan Klein of Missouri Right to Life tells OneNewsNow her state already has a law in place to require parental notification for minors seeking to terminate a preborn child, and the new measure has passed the Missouri House with a lopsided majority vote.
"It requires two custodial parents' notifications prior to a minor having an abortion, and the notification comes from one parent to the other parent," she explains. "Basically it's looking at making sure that both parents are knowing what's going on in their minor child's life."
The pro-lifer recognizes, though, that there are instances where it may not be appropriate to notify one of the parents, and she says H.B. 1383 deals with those situations.
"There is a clause in the bill that basically says that if there's any kind of an abusive parent or any kind of an abusive relationship … this bill does not affect that," Klein reports. "They do not have to notify the abusive parent, but this bill also looks at it's possible that it is the parent that is taking the child for the abortion, that that parent could be the abusive parent."
Another clause bars notification of a parent in the event that he or she has lost custody of the child by court order.
Now H.B. 1383 heads to the Missouri Senate for consideration.