Wednesday, March 5, 2008

AZ House Passes Bill Regarding Maturity of Minors Seeking Abortion

The Arizona Republic: House passes abortion bill tied to maturity of minors, by Amanda J. Crawford  and Mary Jo Pitzl:

A minor would have to prove by clear and convincing evidence that she is mature enough to get an abortion without her parents' consent, under a bill passed Tuesday by the House of Representatives.

Supporters say that HB 2263 just codifies a 2003 ruling on the existing parental-consent law by the Arizona Court of Appeals, in which the court specified criteria that can be used to determine if a minor is mature enough to make the decision to have an abortion.

Under the bill, the court could consider factors, including whether the minor has traveled on her own, handled her own finances, lived outside her parents' home and made other significant decisions.

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