Missouri Two-Parent Notification Law 2014 (HB 1192)
This law was last updated on Apr 20, 2014
HB 1192 would have amended the laws regarding parental notification requirements for an abortion for a minor (Mo. Rev. Stat. § 188.028), and acknowledge the rights of crisis pregnancy centers to freely engage in religious speech and practices.
HB 1192 would have amended Missouri’s parental notification law, which prohibits a person from knowingly performing an abortion on a minor unless the attending physician has secured the informed written consent of the minor and one parent or guardian of the minor, and would have required the consenting parent or guardian of the minor to notify any other custodial parent or guardian in writing at least five days prior to the abortion being performed.
The bill defines “custodial parent” to mean a parent in a family in which the parents have not separated or divorced or any parent of a minor who has been awarded joint custody. Notice would not have been required to a parent convicted of certain crimes and offenses as outlined in the law. Notice also would not have been required to a parent whose whereabouts are unknown, who is a fugitive from justice, who is habitually in an intoxicated or drugged condition, or who has been declared mentally incompetent.
Crisis Pregnancy Centers
HB 1192 also would have acknowledged the rights of an alternatives-to-abortion agency (i.e., crisis pregnancy center) and its officers and employees to assemble and engage in religious practices and speech without interference from the government and that the laws of the United States and Missouri protect such rights. The bill would have prohibited any political subdivision of the state from adopting or enacting any policy or regulation that interferes with these rights. The bill would not have precluded a political subdivision of the state from exercising its lawful authority to regulate zoning or land use or to enforce a building or fire code regulation as long as that political subdivision treats an alternatives-to-abortion agency in the same manner as a similarly situated agency.
This bill passed the House on March 11, 2014, but ultimately failed to pass.