New Abortion Rules For Minors Clear Ohio Senate

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Senate has approved a bill that contains new requirements before a minor can be allowed to have an abortion without her parents agreeing to it.

Under the bill, a judge considering whether to let a girl bypass the state's parental consent requirement would have to ask if she understands the physical and emotional impacts of having an abortion. The judge also must ask the girl if she was coached on how to answer such questions.

The Senate passed the measure Tuesday on a 23-8 vote.

The House has passed the bill, but must OK the Senate's changes before the measure goes to the governor.

Supporters say the legislation is needed to rein in judges who frequently give approval, though opponents contend it's about trying to score political points.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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