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House passes abortion restriction bill

March 10, 2005
By: Meghan Kloth
State Capital Bureau

The House passed a bill that would increase abortion regulations in Missouri. Meghan Kloth has more from Jefferson City.

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The House voted by a large majority to make it illegal to help a minor get an abortion without parental consent.

The goal of the bill is to prevent girls from going to Illinois to get abortions, where parents don't have to be notified.

During debate, St. Louis City Democratic Representative Connie Johnson questioned the constitutionality of the bill.

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"I think I know what unconstitutional is, and this is, and there will be a lawsuit on this."

But Republicans say the bill passes constitutional muster. The bill is now in senate for more debate. From the state Capitol, I'm Meghan Kloth.

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The House passed a bill to stop teenage girls from going to Illinois to get abortions. Meghan Kloth has more from Jefferson City.

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Minors need parental consent to get abortions in Missouri, but not in Illinois.

By a large majority, the House passed a bill by that would make it illegal to help minors get abortions without parental consent.

But Democratic Representative Beth Low from Jackson County says the bill won't work.

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" It will not reduce the demand for abortions. It will not reduce the number of unintended, unwanted pregnancies in our state. If we chose to pass this bill, we are choosing to pass an essentially dishonest piece of legislation."

But Republicans say abortions are going to happen, and this bill makes them safer.

From the state Capitol, I'm Meghan Kloth.

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The Missouri House took a step closer to regulating teenage abortions. Meghan Kloth has more from Jefferson City.

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The House passed a bill that would make it illegal to help minors get an abortion without parental consent.

But Democrats said during debate that the bill may harm teenagers more than helping them.

Representative Jeanette Oxford is from St. Louis.

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"This bill discourages adults from having a caring relationship with those youths who may need us the most."

The bill is aimed at stoping girls from crossing the river to get abortions in Illinois, where they don't requre parental consent.

From the state capitol, I'm Meghan Kloth.