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Washington State to Consider New Abortion Bill

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Washington state lawmakers are considering a new abortion bill. Washington state lawmakers are considering a new abortion bill.
OLYMPIA, Wash.- More than 100 supporters and opponents of a bill that would require minors to notify their parents before getting an abortion packed a Senate committee hearing to argue over whether the plan would help or harm teenagers.

Senators on the Law and Justice Committee listened to advocates from each side Monday afternoon without commenting or asking questions. The bill is sponsored by the committee's chairman, Sen. Mike Padden, a Republican from the Spokane Valley.

Supporters of the bill argued it would ensure teens would have emotional support and advice from loved ones at every step in terminating a pregnancy.

Those against the bill said it would insert court-system delays for teens who want to get abortions without telling their parents, which could increase the risk of medical complications.  

Right now, seventeen states require teens to notify their parents before seeking an abortion.
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