by Steven Ertelt
March 10, 2005
Jefferson CIty, MO (LifeNews.com) — Anyone who takes a teenager girl to another state to have a secret abortion that is done without her parents’ knowledge or consent can be faced with a civil lawsuit, under a new bill that received initial approval from the state House.
Rep. Jane Cunningham, the lead sponsor of the measure, says it is intended to cut down on the number of Missouri teens who are taken to Illinois for abortions. That state does not require parents to be told beforehand.
"When a minor child has to face this kind of decision, the person they need most is the person who cares most about their welfare, and that’s their parents," Cunningham told the Associated Press in an interview after the vote.
The legislation would also increase regulations on abortion facilities and require abortion practitioners to have privileges at a hospital within 30 miles from where they perform abortions. Lawmakers say that will ensure women can receive quick medical care following a botched abortion.
Abortion practitioners without such privileges would face fines and the possibility of as much as one year in jail.
The bill, HB100, also calls for any facility that performs abortions to be classified as an "ambulatory surgical center," which would allow the Department of Health and Senior Services to inspect abortion businesses annually.
Patty Skain, executive director of Missouri Right to Life, says her groups supports the legislation, but it and other pro-life advocates are focused this session mostly on passing a comprehensive ban on all forms of human cloning.
A bill that would make it illegal to use human cloning for either reproduction or research in Missouri passed out of a Senate committee last month.
Related web sites:
Missouri Right to Life – https://www.missourilife.org