Mo. House Advances  Parental Involvement Measure

March 12, 2014 — The Missouri House on Tuesday also passed a separate bill (HB 1192) that would require minors to notify both parents that they plan to have an abortion at least five days before the procedure, the AP/ABC News reports.

Minors in Missouri already are required to obtain consent from one parent prior to an abortion.

The bill now moves to the state Senate. State Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard (R) said he would use a procedural move to end debate and force a vote on the legislation if needed (AP/ABC News, 3/12).

Dozens of Antiabortion-Rights Bills Introduced

According to the Washington Post's "GovBeat," Missouri lawmakers have proposed 32 different antiabortion-rights measures this year, some of which have already passed initial votes, while others are still in committees.

One measure would require abortion providers to undergo four state inspections per year. The bill also states that psychological or emotional risks to a woman's life or health would no longer be considered valid reasons for an exception to the state's delay requirement.

Other measures would increase tax credits to services offering abortion alternatives, such as crisis pregnancy centers, and prohibit advertising regulations on such centers (Wilson, "GovBeat," Washington Post, 3/10).