Bill would raise legal burden for minors seeking abortions

Georgia
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Georgia could join 15 other states that require underage girls to justify why they should be allowed to avoid notifying a parent or guardian if they are getting an abortion.
    
The new requirements would happen if a bill introduced in the General Assembly is passed into law.
    
Media sources report that current law gives judges no specific guidelines for deciding when to allow minors to bypass notifying their parents if they get an abortion.
    
Sen. Josh McKoon, a Republican from Columbus, is trying to change that with a bill he introduced last week that would define the burden of proof necessary to get a judge’s waiver.
    
A Senate panel gave the measure, Senate Bill 74, approval Monday.

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