Louisiana Governor toughens abortion requirements

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BATON ROUGE, La. (Associated Press) - Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed a bill that toughens requirements for parental consent when a minor seeks an abortion.

Current law requires a notarized statement from a legal guardian of an unmarried girl younger than 18-years-ol before a doctor can perform an abortion on her.

The changes will require the guardian also to provide proof of identity, including a government-issued identification card such as a driver's license.

The stricter requirements carry jail time, and take effect august 1.

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