Parental consent measures advancing in Sunshine State

Friday, October 25, 2019
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

pregnant and in schoolA Florida pro-life group believes parental rights legislation will be successful in the state courts if they face a legal challenge after becoming law.

Current Florida law requires that parents receive notification of a minor child having an abortion, but that can be done by mail – meaning that sometimes the notice would arrive a couple of days after the abortion. Two pieces of legislation (HB-265 and HB-267) dealing with parental consent passed out of the Health & Human Services Committee earlier this week and will go to the full House for consideration.

Lynda Bell of Florida Right to Life tells OneNewsNow it's wrong to leave parents in the dark.

"Your child may have a special blood factor problem [or] there may be some other conditions that the abortionist does not know about," she argues. "You cannot get your ears pierced, you cannot get a tattoo, you cannot even get an aspirin from the school without parental consent – but you can have an abortion, a surgical abortion? I mean, this is crazy."

FloridaAccording to Bell, it's quite possible the bills would face court action if the full House and Senate pass them and they're signed into law.

"… [But] because we have a different makeup enough for the Florida Supreme Court, I do believe that this will pass constitutional muster," she contends. "And the privacy clause in the Florida Constitution has been abused and, let's say, contorted into many positions to try to justify a young child or a minor girl getting an abortion without their parent's consent."

Once the bills pass in the House, they will go to the Senate and Bell is confident there will be sufficient votes to send the measures to Republican Governor Ron DeSantis for his signature.

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