HB 1402 Parental consent for abortion.
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Summary as passed:
Parental consent for abortion. Requires a physician to obtain parental consent prior to performing an abortion on an unemancipated minor. This provision sets out the procedures required for the minor to seek judicial authorization for an abortion if the minor does not elect to seek consent of an authorized person. The bill requires the court on a petition seeking judicial authorization to find the minor to be capable of emancipation when deciding whether the minor is "mature" or not. If authorization for the abortion is given by the judge, the physician or his agent will be required to notify the parent; however, no notice will be required if the judge finds that the notice would not be in the best interest of the minor. Further, no consent or judicial bypass decision will be required if the minor "declares that she is abused or neglected" and "the attending physician has reason to suspect that the minor may be an abused or neglected child . . . and reports the suspected abuse or neglect." Consent is defined as the physician has given notice of intent to perform the abortion and has received authorization from an authorized person, or at least one authorized person is present with the minor seeking the abortion and provides written authorization to the physician. Under current law, the parents of the minor must be notified of the abortion, but do not have to give consent.


Summary as introduced:
Parental consent for abortion. Requires a physician to obtain parental consent prior to performing an abortion on an unemancipated minor. Under current law, the parents of the minor must be notified of the abortion, but do not have to give consent.