Engrossed Senate Bill (H)

DIGEST

Abortion, child abuse, and human trafficking. Defines "parent or legal guardian or custodian". Prohibits the state or an agency of the state from consenting to the abortion of a pregnant minor unless the life or health of the pregnant minor is endangered. Requires that certain information must be provided by the parent or legal guardian or custodian of an unemancipated pregnant minor when giving written consent for the unemancipated pregnant minor to have an abortion. Provides that a parent or legal guardian or custodian of a pregnant minor; (1) is a party with respect to a petition to waive the Abortion, child abuse, and human trafficking. Defines "parent or legal guardian or custodian". Prohibits the state or an agency of the state from consenting to the abortion of a pregnant minor unless the life or health of the pregnant minor is endangered. Requires that certain information must be provided by the parent or legal guardian or custodian of an unemancipated pregnant minor when giving written consent for the unemancipated pregnant minor to have an abortion. Provides that a parent or legal guardian or custodian of a pregnant minor; (1) is a party with respect to a petition to waive the parental consent requirement; and (2) must be served notice at the time a petition to waive the parental consent requirement is filed. Establishes a timeline for filing the petition, and requires proof of service to be filed with the court before the court may rule on the petition. Specifies who may bring an action against a person who aids or assists a pregnant minor in obtaining an unlawful abortion, and who may be named as a defendant. Requires a physician who receives written consent for an unemancipated pregnant minor to have an abortion to execute an affidavit for inclusion in the unemancipated pregnant minor's medical record. Makes it a Level 6 felony for a person to falsely claim to be the parent or legal guardian or custodian of a pregnant minor with intent to circumvent parental notification requirements. Prohibits a person from aiding or assisting an unemancipated pregnant minor in obtaining an abortion under certain circumstances, and authorizes the award of civil damages for a violation. Authorizes certain persons to seek an injunction for certain acts that would aid or assist an unemancipated pregnant woman in obtaining an abortion without parental consent. Specifies reporting requirements and the consequences of failing to comply with reporting requirements. Permits suspension of a physician's license under certain circumstances. Provides that a health care practitioner is subject to disciplinary sanctions for failure to report suspected: (1) child abuse in accordance with the mandatory reporting requirements; or (2) human trafficking, if there is evidence that a patient is the victim of human trafficking and a practitioner with a similar background would believe that the patient is a victim of human trafficking. Permits the medical licensing board to revoke a physician's license if the physician: (1) fails to transmit a form regarding an abortion performed on a female who is less than 16 years of age; and (2) performs an abortion with the intent to avoid the requirements of state law. ... View more