Kansas has just greatly increased the restrictions placed on teen girls seeking an abortion, sending a bill to the governor for signature that will require both parents to give written consent.
The Kansas Legislature has sent Gov. Sam Brownback a bill requiring doctors to obtain the consent of both parents before performing an abortion on a minor.
The House voted 100-22 on Tuesday to accept the Senate’s version of the bill, allowing it to clear the Legislature. The House passed the bill first, and the Senate made minor amendments.
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Brownback is expected to sign the bill. He’s called on lawmakers to create what he called a culture of life.
Previously, the state did not require consent of either parent, only that one parent be notified prior to the procedure.
Teens who are unable to get both parents to supply written consent before an abortion are told they will need to seek a judicial bypass. So far there is no mention of whether that applies to all teens who only live with one parent due to divorce, death or other issues, or who live with other guardians, a large majority of today’s teens.