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House passes bill requiring parental notification before minors get an abortion


The Register-Herald

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A bill passed Tuesday by the West Virginia House would require parental notification before a minor could get an abortion.

Under House Bill 2002, there would be a 24-hour waiting period after a physician gives notice to a parent. Notice can be provided over the phone or be a written notice by mail. Once it’s placed in the mail, notice is deemed to be received by noon the next day, which is when the 24-hour wait period would kick in.

The physician could petition the court to bypass this process and parental notification also could be waived by a psychiatrist or psychologist if they were to find that the minor was mature enough to make the decision independently.

All 98 members present voted for the bill after little discussion. Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer, D-Monongalia, said she supported the bill, commending the body for its bipartisan work on the bill.

The Senate will now take up the bill.

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