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Florida Requires Parental Consent for Minors’ Abortions


John Stonestreet

Roberto Rivera

In 1989, the Florida Supreme Court overturned a law requiring minors to obtain parental consent before having an abortion.

Finally, three decades later, Florida has restored those common sense parental rights. Recently, the governor signed SB 404, which required physicians to have written consent from a parent or a legal guardian before performing an abortion on a minor, with three exceptions: in cases of medical emergencies, in cases where a parent or guardian “has waived the right to consent,” and in cases in which a minor has been given a “judicial waiver of parental consent.”

According to Planned Parenthood, the “law will put already at-risk young people in even greater danger at the worst possible time.” In reality, of course, the youngest people, the unborn, will be taken out of danger.

And this law simply imposes the same requirements for abortion as for piercing your ears, getting a tattoo, taking an aspirin at school, or going on a field trip.

In other words, it’s common sense.


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