CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada Assembly members approved a bill Friday that requires doctors to notify a girl’s parents before performing an abortion on a minor, in spite of concerns from Democrats that girls would go to desperate lengths to avoid revealing their pregnancies.
The Assembly passed AB405 in a 24-17 party-line vote, with Republicans supporting the measure.
“It’s common sense that a daughter would need to notify her parents before a major procedure,” Republican Assemblywoman Jill Dickman said.
The bill would require physicians to send a written notification to parents or guardians of a minor seeking an abortion, and it requires doctors to wait 48 hours from the time the notification is delivered to perform the procedure.
The proposal would allow some exceptions in the case of medical emergencies and offers a judicial appeal process so pregnant teens can go through with the procedure without parent or guardian notification.
Democrats spoke against the bill, saying girls from broken homes could risk abuse if their abortion decision comes to light. They said the rule could also drive teens to seek out-of-state or illegal back-alley abortions.
“AB405 is a bill that endangers vulnerable young adults in our state,” Democratic Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz said. “It requires and forces them against their will to make a deeply personal and private decision with other people.”
The measure now heads to the Senate for consideration.
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