Texas Senate Passes Parental Consent on Abortion Bill

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 1, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 19, 2005

Austin, TX (LifeNews.com) — Members of the Texas state Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation that would require abortion businesses to obtain consent from a parent of a teenager before performing an abortion on her. Backers of the bill say it’s another way to reduce teen abortions and help young women.

The Senate approved the bill, authored by Sen. Chris Harris, on a bipartisan 25-5 vote. Under the measure, abortion practitioners must have written consent before performing the abortion.

Joe Pojman of Texas Alliance for Life praised the Senate vote and said there were over 3,500 abortions in 2003.

Though parents were notified of them under Texas’ parental notification law, Pojman said, "In none of those cases did parents have the legal right to intervene to protect their little girls from abortion."

The House passed a similar measure Monday when the parental consent bill was added to S.B. 419 and approved on a landslide 117-19 vote.

Both bills must now receive approval from another chamber before they can be sent to Governor Rick Perry, a Republican who is expected to sign them.

Perry expressed strong support for a parental consent bill at the Texas Rally for Life in January.

"It’s time for Texas to have a new parental consent law," the governor said. "Five years ago, we passed a bill requiring parental consent for a child to get her ears pierced. I think it’s time that we applied that rationale and that same rational standard to abortions performed on minors."

The House is expected to vote on the Senate version of the bill early next week.

Texans overwhelmingly favor parental involvement when it comes to abortions on teens. According to an October, 2004, Scripps-Howard Texas poll, 81 percent of adult Texans support parental consent.

Related web sites:
Texas Alliance for Life – https://www.texasallianceforlife.org