Florida To Require Parental Consent For Minors’ Abortions

(ThePatriotSource.com) – Florida’s lawmakers are seeking to get parents more involved in their minor kids’ lives, especially as it relates to abortions. The Senate recently proposed Bill 404 would prohibit abortions for minors unless the parents are not only notified, but give permission.

The bill, which passed 23-17 in the Senate last week, would take the state’s current abortion laws as they relate to minors one step further. Now, instead of just requiring notification to be sent to parents when their minors seek to get an abortion, the law would forbid abortions for minors unless the facility gets “a notarized written statement signed by a minor and either her mother, her father or her legal guardian” that agrees “the abortion is in the best interest of the minor.”

Consent like this would not be needed for medical emergencies or if a judge decided to grant a waiver. Those waivers would only be based on “clear and convincing evidence” of the maturity of the minor to make such a decision on her own. Judicial waivers may also be given if a “preponderance of the evidence” shows she is being sexually abused by her parents.

Republican Senator Kelli Stargel supports the bill, and she recalled her experiences as a teen who chose to keep her baby as a reason she supports the bill. She said: “This is about whether or not you’re going to have adults involved in difficult decisions with children.”

Opponents of this bill said it imposes burdens that just aren’t necessary and it also is against the “right to choose” section of the state’s laws. But the Supreme Court has upheld a number of restrictions on abortion since Roe v. Wade, such as consent and parental notification laws.

Similar legislation passed in the House in Florida last year, but didn’t make it through the Senate. Now that this bill has already passed in the Senate, though, more good fortune is expected in the House. In addition, Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, a pro-lifer, is all but sure to sign the bill into law. In fact, he’s already placed called on the state’s legislators to send the bill for him to sign.

Unlike some states, Florida already has protections in place when it comes to notifying parents of what their minor children attempt to do on their own when it comes to abortion. This new proposed bill would take that one step further and require them to play an active part in their child’s abortion.

It’ll be interesting to see whether other states jump on board to pass similar legislation once this law is expectedly passed and then enacted into law.