Republican Erin Grall, who sponsored the bill, says the reason for the legislation is that people under 18 who are carrying children are also essentially children themselves. “By including parents in this decision we empower the family. It is the critical backbone of our civilized society,” says Grall. Over the course of the four-hour debate, Republican representatives drew comparisons between teenagers getting abortions to existing parental consent required for field trips and R-rated movies.
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