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Nevada Parental Involvement Measure Unlikely To Advance in State Senate

Nevada Parental Involvement Measure Unlikely To Advance in State Senate

April 21, 2015 — A bill (AB 405) approved last week by the Nevada Assembly that would require parental notification 48 hours before a minor's abortion is not expected to advance in the state Senate, AP/KLAS reports (AP/KLAS, 4/20).

Bill Details

The bill, sponsored by state Assembly Speaker John Hambrick (R), would require a physician to notify parents of a minor's desire to have an abortion via a written notice delivered personally or by certified mail.

It would not apply to parents whose parental rights have been terminated or when the minor is experiencing a medical emergency, although the measure does not consider an emotional crisis as a medical emergency. In addition, minors could petition a court for an exemption to the notification requirement (Women's Health Policy Report, 4/20).

Bill Prospects

The measure on Monday was referred to the state Senate Finance Committee. However, committee Chair Ben Kieckhefer (R) said the bill likely would not receive a hearing.

According to AP/KLAS, some lawmakers had expressed concern that the measure could spur minors to go to "desperate lengths" to avoid notifying their parents. Others also had said the bill could impose additional costs on courts (AP/KLAS, 4/20).