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Loudon Proposes Expansion of Informed Consent Law

March 12, 2002
By: Johnathan Woodward
State Capital Bureau
Links: SB 1257

A state senator says parents should be able to sue anyone who helps their child get around Missouri's parental consent for an abortion.

Johnathan Woodward has more from Jefferson City.

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Right now, minors in Missouri must get the consent of a parent, guardian, or judge before getting an abortion.

But Illinois doesn't have that law.

Sen. John Loudon of St. Louis County says parents should be able to sue someone that helps a child get around the law.

Loudon says he hopes to keep people from helping others cross the border for an abortion:

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But Sen. David Klarich of Ballwin says parents might already be able to bring this kind of a suit on different grounds -- and Loudon's proposal might be too vague.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has not yet voted on Loudon's proposal.

In Jefferson City, Johnathan Woodward.


A state senator wants to cut down on people going to Illinois for abortions.

Johnathan Woodward has more from Jefferson City.

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If a minor in Missouri wants to get an abortion, state law says they must first get the consent of a parent, guardian or judge.

But Illinois doesn't require consent. Sen. John Loudon of Ballwin says that's a problem.

That's why Loudon says he's proposing letting parents sue someone who helps their child get around Missouri's law -- a friend who drives a minor to Illinois, or a relative who helps pay for an abortion across the border.

But Sen. David Klarich of Ballwin says parents might already be able to do that.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee has not yet voted on Loudon's proposal.

In Jefferson City, Johnathan Woodward.