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Okla. House Advances New Requirements for Parental Notification Law

Okla. House Advances New Requirements for Parental Notification Law

May 9, 2013 — The Oklahoma House on Tuesday approved a bill (HB 1361) that would tighten parental notification requirements for minors seeking abortions, the Tulsa World reports (Krehbiel, Tulsa World, 5/8).

The measure now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin (R) (Mills, KRMG, 5/7).

The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Randy Grau (R), would require the parent of a minor who is seeking an abortion to show "government-issued identification" and "written documentation," such as a birth certificate, to prove his or her relationship to the minor. The changes would replace a current requirement that parents show "proof of identification."

The bill also would require that a minor seeking a judicial waiver to the parental notification requirement go before a judge in the county in which she lives; currently, the application can be submitted in nearly any state district court (Tulsa World, 5/8).