AUSTIN (AP) — Texas lawmakers have voted to tighten rules for teenagers seeking to get an abortion without parental consent.READ MORE: Police Make 2nd Arrest In East Dallas Deadly Hit And Run That Killed 73-Year-Old Linda Pearson
The bill sent to Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday changes the process that allows girls under 18 to get a court-approved abortion if they meet certain criteria.READ MORE: Traveling Outside The US? Check Out The New COVID-19 Testing Policy You Need To Know
The measure requires girls to show ID to prove they are under 18 and extends the time for a judge to make a ruling. It also bars girls from using abuse as a reason to apply for an application for a judicial bypass.
Opponents say the bill stifles the 1999 parental consent law that allowed girls to seek permission from a judge. About 300 pregnant teenagers are granted a bypass every year.MORE NEWS: Average US Price Of Gasoline Drops 2 Cents Over 2 Weeks, To $3.46
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