Introduced Senate Bill (S)

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Abortion. Requires that certain information must be provided by the parent or legal guardian of an unemancipated pregnant woman when giving written consent for the unemancipated pregnant woman to have an abortion. Requires a physician who receives written consent for an unemancipated pregnant woman to have an abortion to execute an affidavit for inclusion in the unemancipated pregnant woman's medical record. Prohibits a person from aiding or assisting an unemancipated pregnant woman in obtaining an abortion without the consent of the minor's parent or guardian. Provides that a parent or legal guardian of a pregnant minor is an interested party Abortion. Requires that certain information must be provided by the parent or legal guardian of an unemancipated pregnant woman when giving written consent for the unemancipated pregnant woman to have an abortion. Requires a physician who receives written consent for an unemancipated pregnant woman to have an abortion to execute an affidavit for inclusion in the unemancipated pregnant woman's medical record. Prohibits a person from aiding or assisting an unemancipated pregnant woman in obtaining an abortion without the consent of the minor's parent or guardian. Provides that a parent or legal guardian of a pregnant minor is an interested party with respect to a petition to waive the parental consent requirement and is entitled to notice of any hearing on the petition and an opportunity to submit evidence to the court. Authorizes the award of civil damages for a violation. Authorizes certain persons to seek an injunction from acts that would aid or assist the unemancipated pregnant woman in obtaining an abortion without parental consent. Provides that a health care provider shall transmit the pregnancy termination form to the state department of health (state department) and separately to the department of child services if the woman having the abortion is less than 15 years of age (rather than if the woman is less than 14 years of age as provided by current law). Requires the state department to notify and provide a copy of the form to the department of child services when it has received a form notifying the state department that a female less than 15 years of age had an abortion. Raises the penalty for the failure to file certain forms regarding performed abortions from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor. Makes it a Class A misdemeanor for a physician to perform an abortion on a female who is less than 15 years of age and recklessly fail to transmit the pregnancy termination form to the state department. Provides that a practitioner is subject to disciplinary sanctions for failure to report suspected sexual trafficking or child abuse. Requires the medical licensing board to revoke a physician's license if the physician: (1) negligently failed to transmit a form regarding an abortion performed on a female who is less than 15 years of age; and (2) performed an abortion in violation of state law. ... View more