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Senators Mike Padden, Adam Kline debate parental notification bill on ‘The Impact’

Anita Kissee, host of TVW’s The Impact, interviewed Senators Adam Kline (D – Seattle) and Mike Padden (R – Spokane Valley) Wednesdsay about their views on abortion, gun control and specialty courts. Padden is the chair of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, and Kline is the ranking Democrat.

“If you’ve got a daughter who’s at school and she’s got a headache, you have to have on file permission from the parent to give her an aspirin,” said Padden, in reference to Senate Bill 5156, a bill that would ban doctors from performing abortions on minors without first notifying the parents.

Eighteen members of the new Senate Majority Coalition have signed on to the controversial parental notification bill. It comes on the heels of Gov. Jay Inslee’s voiced support for the Reproductive Parity Act during his inaugural address last week, which would require insurance companies to cover abortions if they also cover live births.

“We are not talking here about a child getting an aspirin from a school nurse.  This is something based much more on family dynamics than having a headache,” said Kline in response.

The two discussed the pros and cons of that bill, along with possible upcoming legislation regarding guns, and the possibility of creating specialty DUI courts on college campuses.  For more on these and other issues, tune in to The Impact on Wednesday evening at 7 & 10 p.m.

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