HELENA — Legislators are hearing a bill to require parental notification for minors seeking an abortion.
Senate Bill 97 would require girls under the age of 16 to give 48 hours of notice to parents before receiving an abortion.
Republican Sen. Jim Shockley of Victor told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday that the bill is about protecting children and involving mature decision makers in the abortion process.
Supporters of the legislation say parents have a right to protect their children.
Those in opposition say that the bill does not provide protection for victims of abuse in dysfunctional families and violates Montana's strong privacy laws.
Republicans are pushing several abortion bills, including one to require an ultrasound prior to the procedure that has been easily advancing through the GOP-controlled House.