The Missouri House gave first-round approval to a bill that would allow parents to sue out of state abortion providers for assisting their underage child in getting an abortion.
It's illegal for a minor to get an abortion in Missouri without parental consent...but that's not the case in Illinois.
St. Louis County Representative Jane Cunningham says this leads to minors crossing the state line to get abortions without their parent's consent.
She says that by sponsoring this bill, Missouri's law will be reinforced.
If it clears it's last vote in the house, the bill will head to the senate for final approval. From the state Capitol, I'm Monica Walter.
The Missouri House of Representatives gave first round approval to a bill that would make it illegal to assist a minor in crossing state lines to get an abortion. Monica Walter reports from the state Capitol.
The bill would allow parents to sue anyone who helps an underage child to get an abortion without consent.
St. Louis area Representative Barbara Fraser says the bill is written badly because it doesn't protect rape victims or victims of incest.
The bill must receive one more vote in the house before moving to the Senate. From the state Capitol, I'm Monica Walter.