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House set to debate abortion regulation bill

March 7, 2005
By: Meghan Kloth
State Capital Bureau

A bill that would stop girls from crossing the river to get an abortion will be debated in the Missouri House this week. Meghan Kloth has more from Jefferson City.

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Minors need parental consent to receive an abortion in Missouri, but not in Illinois. Increasing occurences of teenage girls crossing the state border has led to proposals for tighter abortion regulations. Kansas City Representative Republican Susan Phillips says the bill is needed to stop that practice.

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"A police officer who testified about taking girls down the back stairs if their parents showed up just to hide the girls, which is pretty serious."

The proposed bill would make it illegal to help a minor receive an abortion without parental consent. From the state Capitol, I'm Meghan Kloth.

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The Missouri House is set to debate this week a bill that would add more restrictions to abortion. Meghan Kloth has more from Jeffferson City.

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In the state of Missouri, parents have to give consent before minors can get an abortion. But other midwest states don't have the same laws. Republican Kansas City Representative Susan Phillips says the proposed bill to regulate abortion has a specific goal.

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"To prevent our girls in St. Louis from going across the state line for an abortion."

The proposed bill would make it illegal to help minors get an abortion, including helping them cross state lines. In the past, opponents of the bill have said they worry minors would resort to self-induced abortions if they cannot get to a clinic. From the state Capitol, I'm Meghan Kloth.