Michigan Senate votes to change parental consent for abortions

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The state Senate has passed a bill critics say would make it too difficult for girls to get an abortion without their parents' consent.

The Senate approved the legislation Tuesday on a 25-12 vote. Four Democrats joined 21 Republicans to support the bill.

Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm vetoed a similar measure in 2004.

The legislation would create guidelines for judges to consider when deciding whether it's in the best interest of a minor to have an abortion without her parents' approval.

The bill also would prohibit a judge from granting a parental consent waiver if the girl already has been denied one by another judge.

Supporters say they're concerned waiver petitions are repeatedly filed in the courts until a favorable verdict is given.

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