Though there's an exception, parents in Florida now have a say if their minor daughter seeks an abortion.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has signed HB 265/SB 404 into law, declaring that a minor girl wanting an abortion has to have at least one parent sign off on it first. Lynda Bell of Florida Right to Life tells OneNewsNow it was not an easily won victory.
"To think that we had to fight so hard for so many years to put parents back into the equation of knowing what's happening, especially a surgical abortion procedure -- it's just crazy," she comments.
The previous law only required that the parents be notified, but that could have waited until after the abortion had already taken place. Now a parent's permission is required before the fact -- something Bell says just makes sense.
"You cannot go on a school field trip without a parent's permission. You can't get on a school bus. You can't take an aspirin. You can't get a tattoo without parent's permission, but you could be escorted into an abortion clinic either by a very much older boyfriend, by the parent of a boyfriend, or even by a trafficker who is trafficking these young girls," she points out about the way things were before.
The measure includes a judicial bypass provision that would allow a minor girl to get an abortion without parental permission in cases of abuse within the family or incest.