By Dave Andrusko
One step at a time. On Monday the Florida Senate Health Policy Committee voted 5-4 to support SB 1774, a bill which would require minors to receive parental consent to have an abortion.
“The bill needs approval from two more committees before it could go to the Senate floor,” according to Tom Urban of CBS Miami. “State law currently requires parents to be notified if their daughters are planning to have abortions, but the Senate proposal would go further by requiring parental consent.”
A similar bill, HB 1335, was to be heard today in the Florida House.
The bill would require a notarized written statement of consent to the minor’s abortion signed by a parent or legal guardian.
“This bill restores common sense and parental rights,” said Lynda Bell, president of Florida Right to Life. “Parents should have the right to protect their daughters. A child cannot get her ears pierced, get a tattoo, or take an aspirin in school in Florida without a parent’s permission but they can get a surgical abortion.
“If the child is harmed in an abortion, then they would have to seek parental consent to treat the adolescent and the parents would certainly get the medical bill, not the abortion facility!”
Said bill sponsor Sen. Kelli Stargel, “We have parental notice. All that does is allow the child to walk into the family and say, ‘I have made this decision and I am notifying you.’ Then they are on their way.”
But, Stargel added, “This is strengthening the family, by allowing the family to have a conversation about the subject matter and come to a conclusion. …It’s a fundamental right to have a parent involved in the life of their child.”
SB 1774 “includes exemptions for situations such as minors who have health emergencies or who already have children,” according to James Call, of the Tallahassee Democrat. “SB 1774 allows a judge to waive the requirement when it is in the minor’s best interest.”
The Florida Supreme Court, notoriously pro-abortion, struck down a parental consent bill in 1989.
However, in January, Ron DeSantis, the new pro-life governor of Florida, appointed new three justices to the state Supreme Court.
Barbara Lagoa, Robert Luck, and Carlos Muniz “filled vacancies left by the mandatory retirements at age 70 of Justices Barbara Pariente, Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince, the seven-member court’s last appointees by a Democratic governor,” according to John Kennedy of the Herald Tribune.