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2011 Senate Bill 135: Revise abortion parental authority waiver
  1. Introduced by Sen. David Robertson (R) on February 10, 2011, to revise the requirements for a court considering a petition from a minor for authority to get an abortion over the objection of her parents. The bill would require a court to consider the rebuttable presumption that a minor is not capable of providing informed consent for medical treatment. A waiver of parental denial could only be granted if the girl demonstrates a level of maturity based on various factors specified in the bill, or if her parents are neglectful or abusive. A girl whose petition was denied could not seek a waiver in another court division, but could appeal to a higher court. A very similar bill was vetoed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2004.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 10, 2011.
      • Reported in the Senate on October 4, 2011, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on March 28, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 28, 2012.
  2. Passed 28 to 10 in the Senate on March 29, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on March 29, 2012.
    • Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on March 29, 2012.