Missouri House Passes Bill Requiring Parental Notice for Abortion

By a vote of 113 to 37, the Missouri House passed HB 1383, sponsored by Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark), that would require a non-custodial parent to be notified if his/her minor child is going to have an abortion. Currently, minors must obtain parental consent in order to have an abortion, or obtain a court order in the event the minor is estranged from her parents. HB 1383 would require the consenting parent to notify the child’s other custodial parent in cases in which the parents are divorced, separated, or otherwise living separately. The bill includes exceptions for custodial parents whose past behavior would pose a risk to the child or the other parent. The bill will now be referred to the Senate, where its future is uncertain.