Florida Governor Signs Abortion Bill Requiring Parental Consent for Minors
Florida Governor Ron De Santis (R) on Tuesday signed a bill that requires that anyone under the age of 18 receive parental consent for abortions.
The bill, which was passed by the legislature earlier this year and come into effect on July 1, would ban doctors from performing the procedure on minors unless they first get a notarized letter from a parent or guardian. Under the previous law, people under the age of 18 had to notify a parent or legal guardian before undergoing the procedure.
Doctors who perform abortions without parental consent will face third-degree criminal penalties.
A minor can apply to the corresponding circuit court and receive a judicial waiver of parental consent.
“Parents need to know what is going on with their children while they are minors living in the house”, Senator Kelli Stargel (R), the lawmaker who introduced the bill, said WUFT.
Planned Parenthood of Florida said the law passed Tuesday could endanger abused minors.
“Even as other states like Massachusetts and Illinois realize the damage done by these forced parental consent laws and work to overturn them, Florida is moving forward at full speed to endanger young people who , in many cases, suffered abuse from their own. parents or guardians, ”the organization said in a statement.
Gov. DeSantis just passed the Forced Parental Consent Bill, making Florida a more dangerous place for young people and giving hardline lawmakers a legal avenue to force a total abortion ban. Read our full statement: https://t.co/rg25KXXz8k pic.twitter.com/DL0hTgzXXW
– FLPlannedParenthood (@FAPPA) June 30, 2020