JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri House has passed legislation requiring prosecutors to be informed when teenagers seek abortions.
The legislation passed Tuesday would apply when people younger than 18 inquire about getting an abortion -- even if they do not go through with it. Supporters say the intent is to help identify men who may have impregnated teens through rape.
Other parts of the bill would create a new crime of coercing a woman to obtain an abortion and expand the information that must be provided to a woman 24 hours before an abortion.
Some House members said their goal is to reduce the number of abortions in Missouri.
Opponents said the best way to reduce abortions would be to expand initiatives for family planning and sex education.
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