ATLANTA — Georgia could join 15 other states that require underage girls to justify why they should be allowed to avoid notifying a parent or guardian if they are getting an abortion.

The new requirements would happen if a bill introduced in the General Assembly is passed into law.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that current law gives judges no specific guidelines for deciding when to allow minors to bypass notifying their parents if they get an abortion.

Sen. Josh McKoon, a Republican from Columbus, is trying to change that with a bill he introduced last week that would define the burden of proof necessary to get a judge’s waiver.

A Senate panel gave the measure, Senate Bill 74, approval Monday.