By Associated Press - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A bill requiring parental notification before a minor could have an abortion will go to two New Mexico Senate committees instead of being heard by the full chamber over the objections of Republicans.

The Senate on Tuesday voted 25-17 along party lines to reject the motion by Republican Sen. William Sharer of Farmington.

He and other Republicans said the issue was too important not to be heard by the full Senate. Democrats argued that the committee process should not be bypassed.

The New Mexico House on Friday approved the bill requiring that parents be notified at least 48 hours before a minor ends a pregnancy.

A separate effort by Sharer to have a related bill banning late-term abortions assigned to another committee also failed to muster enough votes.

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