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Abortion Rule for Texas Minors: Notarized Parental Consent

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Posted on Sep 3, 2006

Yep, you read right. The Texas Medical Board now requires minors seeking abortions to provide notarized parental consent forms. (h/t Feministing)

Associated Press:
Abortion rules for minors to include notarized parental consent
AUSTIN—The Texas Medical Board has adopted rules for minors getting abortions requiring written parental consent forms that must also be notarized, officials said.

The board developed the new six-page forms to implement legislation passed by state lawmakers in 2005. The law requires the written consent of a parent for an unmarried girl under 18 getting an abortion.

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By felicity smith, September 4, 2006 at 12:45 pm Link to this comment
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I’m almost convinced that the religious (f)right nut-bunch don’t want unmarried women/girls to have sex, thus the (f)rights are against abortion - its availability is the real reason unmarrieds have sex.  NOT.  But the REAL reason may be that a Virgin Birth must precede the Ra(u)pture - you can find anything in the bible.  The more virgins the better the odds. Heavens, Mary had Jesus when she was eleven.

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By mparker, September 4, 2006 at 10:01 am Link to this comment
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Take perhaps the most personal family issue imaginable and your new Government forms and your wife and daughter to a notary public and get on line.

Now, hope the persone sitting behind the desk does not DISSAPPROVE of your difficult and personal decision. Hope that they ALLOW this decision to go forward. Your Notary Public might think “killin babies is wrong”.

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By Liz, September 3, 2006 at 4:31 pm Link to this comment
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I guess they want more unwanted babies roaming the streets and getting mistreated… this is one step further into oblivion assholes. this is a low blow to minors forced into having sex by sick people.

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By C Quil, September 3, 2006 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment
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Just checked. The age of sexual consent in Texas is 18, but they can legally have sex at 17 as long as their partner is no more than two years older.

I believe that Texas has one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancies in the country, so they haven’t been able to stop that. They’ve just made it illegal.

Law and order on the march!

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By C Quil, September 3, 2006 at 12:45 pm Link to this comment
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The poor little girls. They’re already in a terrible situation and they not only have to have parental permission to have an abortion if they are younger than eighteen but now they have to have it NOTARIZED. Even more people get to know.

What is the age of sexual consent in Texas, fourteen or sixteen? If they are legally allowed to consent to sex, can’t they also be legally allowed to consent to an abortion?

Something is very wrong here.

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