Texas Parental Notification Law (HB 66)
This law was last updated on Nov 13, 2013
HB 66 would have amended the Texas parental notification law to require minors to obtain the consent of a parent or guardian. (Texas law already requires notification to a parent or guardian.)
If a minor wants to make an application to obtain an abortion without parental consent or notification, the bill would have required that the guardian ad litem appointed by the court be a different person than the minor’s attorney. The bill also would have increased the timeframe for the court to make a ruling on the application to obtain an abortion without parental consent and notification from two days to five.
The bill would have required that physicians presume any woman seeking an abortion is a minor unless the woman presents a valid government record of identification showing that she has reached the age of majority.
This bill was introduced during the first special legislative session called by Gov. Rick Perry in 2013. Similar bills were introduced in the regular legislative session and subsequent special legislative sessions, but failed. (See HB 3243, HB 67, HB 27.)