Abortion Rules to Include Parental Consent

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Officials say new rules for minors getting abortions require written parental consent forms that must also be notarized.

The Texas Medical Board developed the new rules to implement a consent law passed last year by the state Legislature. The law requires the written consent of a parent for an unmarried girl under 18 getting an abortion.

The new six-page forms warn of medical risks and include "women's right to know" information backed by abortion opponents. That's according to proponents on both sides of the abortion debate.

The new consent forms require signatures of the abortion provider, parent and minor girl.

Abortion opponents praised the new rules while abortion rights advocates say the notarization goes too far. The notarization requirement is an administrative rule adopted by the medical board that was not included in the law passed last year.