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Missouri House Passes Abortion Lawsuit Bill


Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has passed a bill that could allow lawsuits against anyone who helps a minor avoid the state's parental consent law for abortions.

Thursday's House vote sends the bill to the Senate.

Existing law requires anyone younger than 18 to get consent from a parent, guardian or court before having an abortion.

But some teen-agers avoid the law by going to Illinois, which has no parental consent law.

Under the bill, parents and guardians could sue anyone who intentionally helps a minor avoid the abortion consent law.