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WA bill would require teens get parent's consent for abortion

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OLYMPIA, WA (KPTV) -

A Vancouver lawmaker has proposed a controversial piece of legislation that would require pregnant teens to get parental consent before having an abortion.

Republican State Sen. Don Benton introduced the "notification bill" to the State Senate.

Under the bill, a parent must be notified in person or on the phone before the surgery.

Benton said that if the state requires parental authorization to get an ear pierced, then parents should authorize abortions, too.

Opponents, though, said the bill could be unsafe to teenagers who come from broken or abusive families.

"There have been cases, many cases, where a young woman has revealed even that she's pregnant, much less that she wants to have an abortion, has been evicted from her family, dropped on the street corner somewhere, has been beaten, and unfortunately, has been sometimes killed," said State Sen. Karen Keiser (D) from Kent, WA.

Under the bill, a pregnant minor could get around the parent notification rule if she proves in court that she's mature enough to make an abortion decision.

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