FINAL ROUND OF BEST OF ORLANDO® 2021 VOTING STARTS JUNE 16!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

New bill would require Florida minors to get parental consent before abortions

Posted By on Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 10:31 AM

click to enlarge PHOTO BY B CHRISTOPHER VIA SHUTTERSTOCK
Nearly 30 years after the Florida Supreme Court struck down a similar law, a Senate Republican has proposed a measure that would require minors to receive the consent of their parents or guardians before having abortions.

Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, filed the proposal (SB 1774) for consideration during the legislative session that starts Tuesday. The bill, filed Friday, would be more restrictive than a current law requiring minors to notify parents or guardians before having abortions.



The proposal would allow minors to go to court to try to avoid having to obtain consent from parents or guardians. Judges could approve such requests if they find, “by clear and convincing evidence, that the minor is sufficiently mature to decide whether to terminate her pregnancy,” according to the bill.

Judges also could approve such requests in circumstances such as minors being victims of child abuse or sexual abuse inflicted by parents or guardians. Parental consent has long been a controversial – and heavily litigated – issue in the debate over abortion restrictions. The Florida Supreme Court in late 1989 struck down a parental-consent law, finding that it violated state constitutional privacy rights.

The Supreme Court in 2003 also struck down a parental-notification law. But voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment that cleared the way for lawmakers to pass a new notification law.

Stay on top of Orlando news and views. Sign up for our weekly Headlines newsletter.

Tags: , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

June 9, 2021

Calendar

© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation