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December 03, 1987

A bill requiring girls under 18 to get parental consent or a court order and requiring women to notify their husbands or boyfriends before they could have an abortion was approved by the Pennsylvania Legislature. The state Senate voted 33 to 16 on a bill that had passed the House last week 140 to 59. It would replace a law struck down in 1986 by the U.S. Supreme Court. Gov. Robert P. Casey, a Roman Catholic, has said he opposes abortion but has not said whether he would sign such a bill. The bill requires doctors to tell women awaiting abortions the nature of the procedure, its risks and alternatives. It would also prohibit legal services from using public funds to advocate abortions.

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