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Lawmakers revise parental notification bill

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 28, 2013 at 9:45 pm •  Published: January 28, 2013

In an email to Padden, Code Reviser K. Kyle Thiessen said that repealing one of the laws would have recast a third law to criminalize doctors performing abortions.

Thiessen wrote that "nothing in your bill request shows any intent to expand the criminal penalty" for performers of abortion. The bill's doing so "was an unintentional drafting error," he added.

Padden said that it was never his plan that the bill do anything more than require pregnant minors to consult with a parent before being eligible for an abortion.

"It's unfortunate there was a drafting error, but it's been corrected and it's part of the legislative process," said Padden.

The bill will receive a public hearing in the Senate's Law and Justice Committee, chaired by Padden, on February 6.

Elaine Rose, CEO of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, said the requirement for parental notifications for abortions are not helpful to pregnant teens in crisis.

She also expressed skepticism that the overreaching language of the original bill originated with the code reviser.

"That seems like a pretty big drafting error to me," Rose said.


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